‘Good Works’ guy

By Kelsey Johnson


A University of the Incarnate Word linebacker is 24 members of the 25th annual Allstate AFCA Good Works Team 2016 for his positive impact off the field.

Michael Allen, a senior criminal justice major from Garland, Texas, was chosen from among 165 nominees representing the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, and NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA.

Allen, 21, has done several charitable works in the San Antonio community such as volunteering at Ayres Halfway House for juveniles, where he created a basketball league and mentoring program.

“I went to a team meeting with them once, and they told me they work with juveniles at the halfway house” Allen said. “And before I could go over there, the director of the halfway house called me and asked if I wanted to help create an athletic department for them and I said, ‘Of course.’ ”

During the summer, Allen coached a team of eight boys for basketball through the Boys and Girls Club, finishing third place. But he said it’s more than just a game.

“There were eight kids on our basketball team,” Allen said. “And of the eight kids, six went back to high school and they are doing good, and even trying out for sports.”

Allen, whose father, Michael, played football for Oklahoma State, is now head coach for the team’s fall sport — flag football.michael-allen-1

He said UIW’s coaching staff has supported him along the way.

“I’ve had so much support and they’ve really helped me with my projects from donating equipment and T-shirts to coaching advice,” Allen said.

Allstate also recognized Allen for his summer internship.

“This summer I had an internship that helped organize a citywide campaign to connect faith-based organizations and returning citizens from prison re-integrate into society,” Allen said.

All members of the Good Works Team that Allen is on represent good character, leadership, and good academic standing, according to a news release.

The Good Works Team will be invited to New Orleans where they will be recognized on the field during halftime of the 2017 Allstate Sugar Bowl. Allen and the other nominees will also get to participate in a youth football clinic before the game.

“I’ve learned to love helping people, and I believe that everyone should learn how to use their craft to help somebody else,” Allen said.

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