NORTHBROOK, Ill. – University of New Hampshire senior football player Chris Zarkoskie (West Caldwell, N.J.) has been nominated for the 2012 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team®, it was announced Tuesday by Allstate Insurance Company and AFCA.
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® recognizes the selfless contributions to volunteerism and community service made by college football student-athletes across the nation.
Zarkoskie, who was also a 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® nominee, played in 11 games and served as the starting left guard for UNH last season. The two-year starter anchored an offensive line for a unit that led the CAA in total offense (427.8 yards/game) and ranked third in the conference in scoring offense (32.8 points/game) en route to a nation-leading eighth consecutive berth in the NCAA Division I FCS Championship postseason. The psychology major boasts a cumulative 3.54 GPA.
The co-captain was previously feted as a member of the FCS Athletics Directors Association All-Star Team in 2010-11 and 2011-12, garnered CAA Academic All-Conference Team honors in 2010 and 2011, was nominated for the 2011-12 CAA Football Student-Athlete of the Year award, secured a place on the 2011-12 Capital One Academic All-District Team, and he's received the CAA Commissioner's Academic Award each of the last two seasons.
Off the field, the co-captain volunteers his time to welcome members of the U.S. Armed Forces back from service overseas and to bid them well upon deployment as a member of the "Pease Greeters" at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, N.H.
Away from campus during semester breaks, the 6-foot-1, 286-pound offensive lineman has volunteered at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, N.J., distributing the Eucharist since his senior year of high school. Zarkoskie was a retreat leader during his high school career and was deeply involved in Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing organization that builds simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need. He was feted with the Most Representative Setonian award at Seton Hall Preparatory School as the graduating senior who best represented the idealized graduate by demonstrating academic and athletic success while being community oriented, caring and dedicated to self-sacrifice.
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.
"This year's Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® nominees have some of the most impressive community service resumes in the program's 21-year history," said Kathy Mabe, president of Allstate's West regions and a member of the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team voting panel. "These young men continue to raise the bar for the impact that student-athletes can have on others, and are an inspiration to Allstate, our agents and our employees."
"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 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.
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.
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.
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