Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Owens Earns Good Works Honor

Earlham's Chris Owens gets plenty of attention for his performance on the football field. The senior is in the hunt for Quaker records in receptions (142, record: 177), receiving yards (2,135 yards, record: 2,543) and touchdowns (19, record: 27).

His performance off the field may be even more impressive. Owens was named to the Allstate/AFCA Good Works Team which honors dedicated and hard-working student-athletes for their off-the-field achievements and selfless contributions to their communities.

A part of the Bonner Scholars Program at Earlham, Owens has completed over 1,500 hours of community service since coming to Richmond in 2005 with organizations such as Townsend Community Center, Reid Hospital and Health Services, Pauline Trueblood Nursery School, Richmond State Hospital, Wernle Children’s Home, Make-A-Wish Foundation, March of Dimes Foundation, United Way, Galileo Charter Schools, Habitat for Humanity, Upward Bound and Earlham Explore-A-College.

The two 11-member Good Works teams – one composed of players competing in the NCAA® Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A) and a combined team representing the NCAA® Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA), Divisions II, III and the NAIA – honor players that embody the true spirit of “teamwork” and “giving back” through commendable acts of kindness and community service.

In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or community service while maintaining good academic standing. Candidates must also display sincere concern and reliability, while also having made a favorable impression on the organizations with which they are involved. Neither athletic ability nor on-the-field achievements are among the selection criteria.

See this year's honorees here.

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