Courtesy of Aurora University sports information
Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association announced today that Aurora University football senior student-athlete Kurtis Chione is among 169 nominees across all of college football as a nominee for the 2018 AFCA Good Works Team®.
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has been one of the most esteemed honors in college football for more than 25 years. The student-athletes who are nominated for this award not only demonstrate a unique dedication to community service and desire to make a positive impact on the lives around them, but they also show tremendous perseverance as well as the ability to overcome personal struggles and come out victorious against all odds
Chione will enter his senior season as a defensive lineman for the Spartans in the 2018 season. He is a leader in the program with service to the community in and around the greater Aurora area. Chione has volunteered his time with organizations including Hesed House, Feed My Starving Children, Triple Threat Mentoring, Two Rivers Head Start. Polar Plunge, Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry, AU morning of service, Read Across America and the Chicago Area Alternative Education League. Additionally, Chione has spent time at GreenFields Retirement Home where he started a luncheon program for home community members to meet with football players and coaches once a month.
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® is comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA and one honorary head coach. To be in consideration by Allstate and the AFCA for a nomination, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.
The final roster of 22 award recipients and honorary head coach will be unveiled in September.