WKU senior linebacker Tye Golden is among a record 112 nominees for the 2012 Allstate America Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team. The award recognizes the selfless contributions to volunteerism and community service made by college football student-athletes across the nation. A total of 53 players from Football Bowl Subdivision schools were nominated for the team. Golden joins Middle Tennessee's Logan Kilgore and Louisiana-Lafayette's Blaine Gautier as nominees from Sun Belt Conference schools.
Golden has been among several Hilltoppers to volunteer their time to community service since arriving in Bowling Green from his hometown of Lithonia, Ga. A few of the activities he has participated in include taking a number of opportunities to speak with children about their futures and making good life decisions. He has also taken part in a number of school visits, as well as taking part with the rest of his teammates in last year's United Way Day of Caring.
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 two 11-player Good Works Teams® - one comprised of players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and another representing players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA. The final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September.
Allstate and the AFCA will launch the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® website on ESPN.com featuring profiles and images of the final team members, as well as the opportunity for fans to vote for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain.
In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or community service while maintaining a strong academic standing.
Golden and the Hilltoppers are less than a month away from the start of fall camp in preparation for the 2012 season, which gets underway Sept. 1 when WKU hosts Austin Peay at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Season tickets for all six home games on this year's slate start as low as $50, and can be purchased through the WKU Ticket Office by calling 1-800-5-BIG RED or visiting www.wkusports.com.
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