Dec. 3, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- A pair of Northwestern basketball players are nominated for the 2014 Allstate Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Good Works Teams®. Senior Drew Crawford (Naperville, Ill./Naperville) from the men's team and senior Meghan McKeown (Fairfax, Va./Loyola Academy) on the women's side are two of the 202 nominees for this year's award.
In its second year, the Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams® honor players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport's finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. The student-athletes nominated for this prestigious award embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back.
A fifth-year senior and team captain, Crawford has been heavily involved in numerous community service efforts throughout his time at Northwestern. Some of the causes that he has dedicated his time and efforts to include mentoring at-risk teens at the Illinois Youth Commission, Relay For Life, Dance Marathon, Misericordia, Children's Heart Foundation, Be Positive Foundation, Project EXCITE, Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association as well as numerous elementary school visits, just to name a few.
McKeown has played a key role in the Northwestern women's basketball program's effort to raise autism awareness. She, along with her teammates, regularly participate in the Walk Now for Autism Speaks event in the spring at Soldier Field, helped create a Knockout Tournament with proceeds benefitting Autism Speaks U and recently participated in the team's fifth annual Autism Awareness Game. She has volunteered her time at SAAC's annual Field Day and Canned Food Drive, has given back to the Salvation Army and assists with youth basketball clinics. McKeown is one of three captains on the 2013-14 Northwestern women's basketball team.
From the 84 WBCA nominees and 118 NABC nominees submitted by coaches and 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. WNBA basketball star Tamika Catchings, who played at the University of Tennessee, will headline the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® voting panel, while former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill will serve on the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® panel. The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.
More information about the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® and the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® is available at www.wbca.org and www.nabc.org.
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