PHILADELPHIA – The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Allstate Insurance Company today announced the 10 men’s college basketball student-athletes named to the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®. In its second year, this preeminent community service honor recognizes college basketball players who have made a commitment to improving their communities and the lives of others.
Among the five men’s basketball players named at the NCAA Division I level? University of Pennsylvania senior Dau Jok. He is joined on the team by Danny Berger (Utah State), Aaron Craft (Ohio State), Joe Harris (Virginia) and Jordan Morgan (Michigan).
Jok has been a four-year member of Penn’s basketball program, and one of its captains each of the last two seasons. However, it is Jok’s work off the court that has defined him here at Penn.
As founder and director of the Dut Jok Youth Foundation (www.dutjokyouthfoundation.org), Dau aims to fight poverty and violence in post-conflict South Sudan through access to sports and academics. In this position...
*Dau oversees a group of eleven volunteers that has helped raised $14,000; delivered sports equipment and school supplies to over 200 youth in three South Sudanese cities; paid two years of tuition for two South Sudanese high school students in Kenya.
*Manages and supervises foundation volunteers for youth empowerment organization in South Sudan.
*Designs the sports and leadership building curriculum for facilitators and coaches.
*Coordinates the delivery of sports equipment and donations to South Sudan.
The Dut Jok Youth Foundation was a 2011 Kathryn Davis 100 Projects for Peace Award recipient.
Jok is also Vice-Chair of Athletics for the Seniors For Penn Fund 2014 committee; Secretary of Youth for the Lakes States Community USA; member of the Sphinx Senior Honor Society and Onyx Senior Honor Society; member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Action; member of Umoja Student Coalition; member of Makuu Black Cultural Center on campus;
In the summer of 2011, Jok traveled to Rwanda with Penn Hillel, an experience he blogged about for ESPN.com along with teammate Zack Rosen. Last May, Jok traveled to Benin City, Nigeria with “We Play to Win” and was a Fellow at the Benin City 2013 Youth Development and Sports Camp.
On the court, Jok has played in all but one game this season. He has 17 points and 13 rebounds in 98 minutes of action.
The Allstate NABC Good Works Team® is comprised of 10 student-athletes, five from the NCAA® Division I and five from NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA. A total of 117 NABC nominees were submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their colleges and universities. The final team rosters were chosen by prestigious voting panels comprised of former coaches, student-athletes and media members. Former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill headlines the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® voting panel.
“Allstate is proud to join the NABC and WBCA in recognizing college basketball players whose ‘good works’ align with our commitment to giving back to the communities where we live and work,” said Pam Hollander, senior director of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2014 NABC Good Works Team® selection panel. “These remarkable student-athletes serve as an inspiration to us all and another reason to celebrate those who contribute to the good in life.”
While more often than not it’s a player’s performance on the court that is recognized, the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® shines a light on the positive impact these student-athletes have off the court and in their communities. The young men named to this year’s team demonstrate the unique ability to balance academics with athletics while committing themselves to giving back to others. Among the impressive list of accolades this year’s teams boast include lobbying state legislature for new laws that could help save lives, donating tuition money to students in third world countries and dedicating countless hours to mentoring underprivileged children.
Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, to the 2014 NABC Convention and 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four® in North Texas, where they will participate in a community service project. Allstate is also an official corporate partner of the NABC.
“The young men selected to the 2014 NABC Good Works Team® amplify the significant contributions of all of the men’s basketball student-athletes across America,” said NABC Executive Director Jim Haney. “We are proud to partner with Allstate to celebrate them as outstanding role models and for the positive impact they have made in their communities, the nation and the world.”
In addition to Hollander, Hill and Catchings, the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Teams® selection panel members include: former college basketball players Greg Anthony (UNLV), Mateen Cleaves (Michigan State) and Alana Beard (Duke); former head coaches Bobby Cremins (College of Charleston), Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech), Marsha Sharp (Texas Tech) and Nell Fortner (Auburn); current college basketball coach Coquese Washington (Penn State); and media members Seth Davis (Sports Illustrated/CBS), Dana O’Neil (ESPN), Carolyn Peck (ESPN) and LaChina Robinson (ESPN/FOX).