Auburn’s Miss Homecoming and senior basketball player – who leads the Tigers in rebounding, 3-point and free-throw shooting – was named to the inaugural Allstate WBCA Good Works Team Tuesday, just one of five NCAA Division I women to receive the honor.
According to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, “the award recognizes a unique group of women’s college basketball student-athletes who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement including building homes for the elderly, leading basketball clinics, reading to students and working with children with hearing disabilities.”
If the Good Works Team sounds familiar, it should. Former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen was among the 11 football players named to that Allstate squad this past fall for his involvement with sick children in the hospital.
Alverson is the only SEC woman named to the Good Works Team. She’s joined by Oklahoma’s Whitney Hand, Brown’s Caroline King, Purdue’s Drey Mingo and Penn State’s Cizelle Studevent.
A member of Auburn’s exclusive 1000-point, 500-rebound club, coordinated Auburn’s latest “Ballin’ for Books” effort, which last year gathered more than 1,100 book donations for local literacy programs from Auburn fans and the community in its first year.
At this past weekend’s home victory against Missouri, more than 400 books were donated, with two more opportunities for fans to contribute coming at the men’s basketball game against Vanderbilt Saturday and the women’s home finale vs. Mississippi State on Sunday.
The Allstate WBCA Good Works Team will be recognized during the 2013 WBCA Convention and at the 2013 NCAA Women’s Final Four in New Orleans, where it will conduct a local community project.