Corey Acosta, the senior place-kicker for the University of Southern Mississippi, was nominated for the prestigious Allstate AFCA Good Works Team award Tuesday morning, sponsored by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and Allstate Insurance Company.
Since 1992, the award recognizes football players from different universities across the country who go beyond the reigns of the football field by getting involved and making stellar contributions to the community while maintaining a high academic standard.
“ It’s great to see all the `good works’ these student-athletes are doing at their universities and in their communities,” Grant Teaff, AFCA executive director said. “The AFCA is proud to work with Allstate in highlighting the record number of nominees sent in for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®.”
Acosta is nothing short of an exceptional student athlete, establishing himself as a two-time Conference USA All-Academic team member, earning the Conference USA Academic Medal four times and C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll four times.
In regard to his community service, the Memphis, Tenn., native is highly involved with the ARC of Hattiesburg, a United Way non-profit organization geared towards providing community service to individuals with mental challenges and their families.
In addition, Acosta participated in a pep rally at a local preschool, visited elderly citizens at a senior living facility, promoted good health tips and the meaning of hard work to schools in the Pinebelt area and encouraged elementary students to read more.
With a record breaking total of 182 nominees this year for the award, Acosta sits in the mix of other athletes in the community who have completed acts of service such as creating an epilepsy awareness campaign that has impacted over 100,000 families to starting a book club to help at-risk youth.
Jim Haskins, president of Allstate’s West territory, spoke highly of the award program.
“Year after year, the `good works’ associated with this impressive group of student-athletes continue to inspire and raise the bar for future nominees,” Haskins said. “ Allstate is proud to be a part of an award that recognizes the importance of giving back to the communities where we live, work and cheer on game day.”
Haskins is also a member of the 2014 AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel, which includes former Good Works Team® members and outstanding college football media members such as said Abdul-Aleem, Matt Stinchcomb, Brian Brenberg, Mike Proman, Lou Holtz, Kirk Herbstreit, Bruce Feldman, Blair Kerkhoff, LaVell Edwards and current AFCA President and Ithaca College head coach Mike Welch.
Out of 182 total nominees, only 22 players will receive the award. The award will be given to 11 players from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA in September.
After the award recipients have been named, ESPN.com will feature profiles and images of the players, allowing them to vote for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain.