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UWRF's Schimenz nominated for Good Works Team

UW-River Falls football player John Schimenz is one of 117 student-athletes who have been nominated for the Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) 2012 Good Works Team.

As one of college football's most prestigious off-the-field honors, the award recognizes a select group of college football players committed to making a difference in their communities. 

Since 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team has shown a spotlight on the countless "good works" and remarkable stories of service by student-athletes at all levels of college football competition.  Award recipients represent the sport's finest in terms of character and leadership in the community. 

Schimenz, a senior running back from Brown Deer, is majoring in math education and exercise and sports science at UWRF. He has served the Newman Club as a secretary and is currently the organization's president. He has served on several UWRF search and screen committees, has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, has been a peer mentor for Project RELATE and has been involved in the Appalachian Service Project.

Schimenz has also been a math tutor at UWRF, a coach and counselor for the Falcon Big O/D football camp, a Falcon tutor at Eastern Heights Elementary school, has been involved in the River Falls Youth Football event as a coach and has interned in the Falcon strength and conditioning center. An outstanding student, he carries a 3.97 cumulative grade point average. 

Tackles or touchdowns have no bearing on this award, for it is the many examples of "volunteerism" and "giving back" that have earned these players nominations from their respective colleges and universities. From comforting patients at children's hospitals, to building houses for needy families, to mentoring at-risk youth, each Allstate AFCA Good Works Team member has his own unique and inspiring story.

"After looking through the list of nominees for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, we are recognizing some of the best student-athletes in all of college football," said Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association. "These 117 nominees understand the impact each of them have on their schools and communities, and it gives me great pleasure in recognizing their efforts for what they stand for, and what they mean to college football."

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 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.

The 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team voting panel includes: former Good Works Team members Alex Van Pelt (Pittsburgh, 1992 team), Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Grant Irons (Notre Dame, 1999 team), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), and Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team); media members Lou Holtz (ESPN), Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Tom O'Toole (USA Today), Andy Staples (, and Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and Harvard University head coach Tim Murphy; 1987 AFCA President LaVell Edwards, former head coach at Brigham Young University; and Kathy Mabe, President, West Regions at Allstate.