Thought some of you might be interested in the following press release. Good on Damiere; I'm sure most of you have read about his deep commitment to giving back to the Columbia community. Here's a bit more information about the award.
More often than not, college football players are remembered for their accomplishments on the field and are rarely recognized for their achievements outside of football. Through the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, Allstate and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) recognize a select group of college football players who have made a commitment to enriching the lives of others while contributing to the greater good of their communities.
Damiere Byrd boasts an impressive resume of community service accomplishments, which include:
- Reading to children at Richland County Public Library through Pigskin Poets.
- Playing bingo and spending time with senior citizens at Sterling House of Harbison.
- Signing autographs and participating in Colonial Life America Sports Fan Appreciation Day.
From this year’s record number of nominees, a final roster of 22 award recipients - comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA - will be unveiled in September. In its sixth year as sponsor, Allstate has assembled a prominent selection panel including former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and well respected college football media members.
Past members of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® include Super Bowl champion quarterbacks, Peyton and Eli Manning, ESPN analyst Matt Stinchcomb and Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Tim Tebow.