Today (Tuesday), the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Allstate announced the ten players that will make up their 2016 Allstate NABC Good Works Team, including Virginia's superstar forward Anthony Gill.
The award is designed to honor players that are active within their communities and work towards helping those around them. Five members of the team come from Division I teams, while five come from D II, III, and NAIA teams. Gill was chosen out of 154 nominations received by NABC. A voting made up of former coaches, athletes, and media members and led by former Duke star Grant Hill whittled down the nominations to the final ten member team.
From the NABC website:
"While exceptional student-athletes are often only rewarded for their athletic successes, the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® shine a light on these 20 young men and women for their offthe-court accomplishments. In addition to countless hours spent as college athletes and full-time students, the members of this year's team have spent their limited free time bettering communities all over the world. Whether it's regularly volunteering in their school's town or traveling to other countries on mission trips, all 20 players boast long lists of inspiring stories that demonstrate a commitment to improving the lives of others."
Gill is the third Virginia Cavaliers to be named to the team in its fourth year of existence, the only Division I program with three honorees. Malcolm Brogdon made the team in 2015 and Joe Harris in 2014 (#swoon).
Anthony is well deserving of this award, impacting his direct community and helping those abroad.
From Virginia Sports:
"During his three years at Virginia, Gill's volunteerism has impacted many lives. He has mentored and counseled youth at several schools in the Charlottesville area on being a leader, an individual and the importance of respect. Gill gave free basketball lessons to under privileged kids and volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club. Gill also mentored young cancer patients and visited residents at the Martha Jefferson House.
Gill, who earned his degree in anthropology at UVA, organized a successful shoe drive that sent over 150 pairs of shoes to the Dominican Republic. He also packaged shoes for the Sole Hope organization and made boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Gill made a mission trip to Jamaica and visited an orphanage and nunnery. In addition, Gill started a fundraiser for Love 146, which is an international human rights organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation through survivor care and prevention."
As a result of making the 2016 Allstate NABC Good Works Team, AG will be recognized at the Final Four in Houston. Here's to hoping the team is already in Houston...
Having a player like AG is beneficial on the court, but his actions off the court are so impressive. He is an excellent ambassador for not only Virginia Basketball, but the University of Virginia. Congratulations, Anthony.