NORTHBROOK, IL – Sept. 18, 2012 – Wagner College graduate student and starting offensive lineman Steve Ciocci
(Royersford, PA / Spring-Ford) was among an elite group of 22 college football players from across the country named to the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, as announced today by the Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).
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. Ciocci is the first Wagner student-athlete and just the second representative from a Northeast Conference (NEC) institution, to be named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® which came into being in 1992. He joins University at Albany wide receiver Daniel Bocanegra who was named to the 2008 team.
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.”
The following players have been selected to the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®:
Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A)
“This is a great honor for Steve. He’s an outstanding student-athlete, who’s already graduated and he’s now pursuing his MBA,” said Wagner athletic director/head football coach Walt Hameline
. “You talk about someone making a commitment to volunteering, he’s been in our leadership council and he’s been the thrust there when it comes to community service."
“We’re just so proud of him and all of the things he has accomplished,” Hameline added. “He’s really in some elite company as so few student-athletes are selected to receive this honor throughout the country. This is just a tremendous honor for Steve, Wagner College and our football program.”
Last April, Ciocci was among an elite group of six people who received an award at Wagner’s Civic Engagement Recognition Day ceremony, which recognizes and honors exceptional individuals, departments and community partners who exemplify a sense of caring and responsibility for others that connects citizens and works to address community problems.
Throughout his time on Grymes Hill, Ciocci has devoted himself to raising the profile of numerous local and national organizations within the Wagner College campus and local community. He has mobilized a host of students to participate in such events as the Relay for Life and Operation Christmas Child, while also visiting children in the Pediatrics Ward at Staten Island University Hospital and finding donors for the National Marrow Donor Program.
“This is quite an honor, and honestly, it’s an honor not just for me but for all of my teammates who really helped me with the different community service programs that we took part in and are continuing to take part in,” said Ciocci. “I told myself when I came to Wagner that I really wanted to make an impact in the community. I had no idea that I’d be recognized in this way, so I was a bit shocked.”
Most recently, Ciocci was among a group of student-athletes who represented the college at a July 10 news conference to announce a partnership between the Wagner Athletic Department, ShopRite and the Staten Island Advance announcing a community-minded effort that featured the declaration of an ambitious goal of donating 25 tons of food to Project Hospitality, an organization that feeds thousands in the Port Richmond area.
Ciocci, who was named to the 2012 All-NEC Preseason Team, has been a mainstay on the Seahawk offensive line since transferring from Temple in 2009. The 6-4, 290-pound Ciocci, a business administration major who graduated with a 3.45 GPA, was a member of the NEC Fall Academic Honor Roll in 2010 and 2011 and has started 25 of the 33 games in which he has has played at Wagner, 15-straight.
Each year, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® raises the bar for the impact that student-athletes can have on their local communities, and this year’s roster is no exception. From creating mentorship programs for at-risk youth to building homes and health clinics overseas, these 22 young men have dedicated themselves to bettering the lives of others through countless acts of service.
“The AFCA, its Board of Trustees and members are honored to partner with Allstate in announcing another great class of student-athletes for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team,” said Grant Teaff, AFCA Executive Director. “These 22 student-athletes stand out from hundreds of other college football players who volunteer their time each week to make an impact on their teams, and in their community.”
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®.
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), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team); media members Lou Holtz (ESPN), Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Tom O’Toole (USA Today), Andy Staples (SI.com), 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.
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names. Widely known by its slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®,” Allstate offers insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com and 1-800 Allstate®. As part of Allstate’s commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $28 million in 2011 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes across the United States.
About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams® were established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field. AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need. Allstate partnered to present the award starting with the 2008 season.
The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to “maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession” and to “provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football.”