July 16, 2015
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Junior tight end O.J. Howard was nominated for the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. The award is one of the most esteemed off the field honors in college football and recognized an all-time high 197 nominees for the 2015 season.
During his time at Alabama, Howard has done a wide range of community service activities both locally and across the state and region. The junior has spent extensive time working with children as well as the elderly in his two years as a member of the Crimson Tide football team.
He regularly visits Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, and spent time at Children’s of New Orleans on the team’s two bowl trips in the past two seasons. While at home in Prattville, Ala., Howard has worked closely with the Field of Dreams organization, helping to build baseball and softball fields for special needs children. He has also developed a relationship with several of those players, making in-home visits to lift their spirits when he returns home each year.
Howard has spent time with children at Davis Emerson Middle School and Verner Elementary, and has served as a mentor at the Rock Quarry Middle School. On campus in Tuscaloosa, he has taken part in the athletics department’s annual Halloween Extravaganza and Read Bama Read initiatives, while speaking at Crossing Points.
Other volunteer activities for the tight end have included visiting patients at the Glen Haven retirement home and spending time regularly with veterans at the Tuscaloosa VA hospital.
The final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September. From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members and prominent college football media members will select the 2015 Good Works Team.
Since its inception in 1992, the award highlights the “good” taking place off the football field. The select group of student-athletes nominated for this award by their respective colleges and universities are able to balance academics and athletics, while remaining committed to helping others and bettering their communities.
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