NORTHBROOK, Ill.- Ursinus College senior football player wide receiver Tony Rosa (Philadelphia, Pa./Central) was one of 22 players across the country, and across all divisions to be named to the 2012 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team on Tuesday afternoon.
One of the sport's premier service honors, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® shines a spotlight on the positive, off-the-field impact that a select group of student-athletes has on their communities.
This summer, the program received 117 nominations from colleges and universities hailing from 35 states. From the nominations, a prestigious voting panel comprised of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and college football media selected two 11-member teams – one featuring players competing in the NCAA® Football Bowl Subdivision and the other a combined team representing the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA.
"As fans of college football, Allstate takes great pride in partnering with the AFCA to recognize these dedicated student-athletes for their accomplishments off the field," said Kathy Mabe, president of Allstate's West regions and a member of the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team voting panel. "These players have demonstrated the unique ability to balance academics with athletics while donating their limited free time and energy to serve others, and we at Allstate commend them for their commitment to volunteerism."
Rosa was one of two players in the Centennial Conference to receive the honor, joining junior offensive lineman Chad Tothero of F&M.
Rosa founded the Students Today Into Leaders Tomorrow (STILT) on campus, which focuses on helping middle school students grow into successful leaders. The STILT program has mentored more than 1,000 students on the values of communication, teamwork and dedication, and Rosa has increased mentor participation from nine to more than 40. On the field, the senior wide receiver was named the 2011 Ursinus Outstanding Offensive Spring Performer and was given the 2012 Offensive Iron Bear Award.
"Tony's commitment to helping grade school kids in the greater Philadelphia area through the STiLT program is very admirable," said Ursinus head coach Peter Gallagher. "He is an intelligent young man with a bright future."
Fans will have the opportunity to vote for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain by visiting ESPN.com and searching "Good Works." Fans can learn more about this year's team members and their charitable accomplishments by viewing player profiles on the website. The Team Captain and his fellow award recipients will be invited to New Orleans to take part in a special youth football clinic leading up to the 2013 Allstate® Sugar Bowl®.