Dec. 3, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company recognized St. John's graduate forward God'sgift Achiuwa among the 201 nominees for the 2014 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams.
The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to their communities through volunteerism and civic service. In its second year, the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams honor players who represent the sport's finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers.
"We would like to thank Allstate and the NABC for recognizing Gift and the good work that student-athletes perform in our communities," said head coach Steve Lavin. "It is important that our players understand the aspects that are more important than the outcome of games - the lessons, the values that transcend basketball. We are grateful to these organizations for bringing these dimensions of the student-athlete experience to the forefront."
"St. John's stands for giving back to the community, and helping people who are not able to help themselves," said Achiuwa. "To be part of this basketball program and this institution is a privilege, for us it's not just about coming to school and playing basketball. It's more than that."
Achiuwa and the Red Storm basketball team are active members of the St. John's University and greater New York City communities. The men's basketball team is involved in extensive charity, fundraising and public speaking events throughout the year, particularly during the offseason. In 2012-13 Achiuwa and members of the men's basketball team participated in more than 131 hours of community service, volunteering their time at the St. John's Bread and Life Soup Kitchen, the San Francisco Food Bank, the annual Red Storm Dribble For The Cure benefitting the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, the St. Nicholas of Tolentine Men's Shelter and in the Community Mayor program. The 2013 Dribble For The Cure raised $70,000 for pediatric cancer research in the New York area bringing its three-year total to $120,000. During its "#SJUBB: Taking Europe By Storm Tour" in the summer of 2013, the Red Storm team prepared meals at the St. John's University Rome Campus and made a "Midnight Run," delivering the meals to homeless located in the Roma Termini train station.
Achiuwa was inducted into the St. John's University President's Society in 2011. Founded in 1968, The President's Society is the highest honor society within the University. It consists of those students who combine scholarship integrity and maturity with leadership skills demonstrated by their significant contribution to the extracurricular life of the University. Members of the Society are considered part of the President's official staff and are designated special duties at University functions. They are often paired with prominent alumni, world leaders and well-known humanitarians.
Achiuwa has also received the St. John's University Student-Athlete Leadership Certificate: Track I (Spring 2012), awarded to eligible upperclass student-athletes upon completion of all requirements for certification in the second level of this University-recognized leadership program. He was also a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) (Fall 2011-Spring 2012).
Achiuwa earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Administrative Studies from the College of Professional Studies in December 2012 and is currently pursuing his Masters degree in International Communications. Achiuwa was named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team in 2011-12 and 2012-13, which honors student-athletes who achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA during the academic year. At St. John's he has been on the College of Professional Studies Dean's List (Fall 2011, Spring 2012) the Athletic Director's Honor Roll: Silver Medallion (Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013) and the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society (Spring 2012), which honors college athletes for outstanding academic achievements (3.4 minimum GPA), exemplary character and commitment to serving the community.
Before taking a redshirt season in 2012-13, Achiuwa made 32 appearances in his first campaign at St. John's in 2011-12, drawing 18 starts. He averaged 29.9 minutes per game to rank fifth among all Red Storm players and his 9.4 points per game scoring average was fourth on the team. He led St. John's with a .534 field goal percentage and was second on the squad in rebounding at 5.8 caroms per contest. Almost half of his 186 total rebounds came on the offensive end. He pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds, including eight offensive, scored six points and had a career-best three steals against Pitt in the opening round of the BIG EAST Conference Tournament (March 6). He has seen action in all seven games to date in 2013-14.
From the 117 NABC nominees and 84 WBCA nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, special voting panels will select two 10-member teams comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA Division I level and five student-athletes from NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA. Former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill will headline the Allstate NABC Good Works Team voting panel, while WNBA basketball star Tamika Catchings, who played at the University of Tennessee, will serve on the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team panel. The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.
Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, to the 2014 NABC Convention and 2014 NCAA Men's Final Four in North Texas, where they will participate in a community project in the city. Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team will be recognized during the 2014 WBCA Convention and at the 2014 NCAA Women's Final Four in Nashville, and will also participate in a local community project. Allstate is an official corporate partner of the NABC, WBCA and NCAA.
In addition to Hollander, Hill and Catchings, the 2014 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams selection panel members include: former college basketball players Greg Anthony (UNLV), Mateen Cleaves (Michigan State) and Alana Beard (Duke); former head coaches Bobby Cremins (College of Charleston), Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech), Marsha Sharp (Texas Tech) and Nell Fortner (Auburn); current college basketball coach Coquese Washington (Penn State); and media members Seth Davis (Sports Illustrated/CBS), Dana O'Neil (ESPN), Carolyn Peck (ESPN) and LaChina Robinson (ESPN/FOX).
Since 2008, Allstate has partnered with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as sponsor of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which shines a spotlight on the positive, off-the-field impact college football student-athletes have on their communities. Through an arrangement with the AFCA, NABC and WBCA, Allstate is able to expand the Good Works Team® to also recognize college basketball student-athletes at all levels who donate their time and effort to make a difference off the court.
More information about the Allstate NABC Good Works Team and the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team and the complete list of nominees are available at www.nabc.org and www.wbca.org.
On Deck The Red Storm makes its season debut at the once-again transformed World's Most Famous Arena on Saturday, Dec. 7, as the Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival again takes the form of a one-day doubleheader featuring local squads. LaSalle and Stony Brook tip things off at 11 a.m., followed for a third-straight year by St. John's and Fordham in the late game at 1:30 p.m. Both contests air on the MSG Network.
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