By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Capital University senior David Barnett is one of 59 student-athletes from the FCS, Divisions II, III, and NAIA to be nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, an annual award given to college football players for the impact they make off the field. He joins 137 student-athletes across all levels of football that have been nominated for the award.
Established in 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® continues to be one of the most coveted community service awards in college football. From the 137 nominees, the final roster of 23 award recipients will be announced in September, bringing together 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision; 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA); and one honorary head coach. To be considered for a spot on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.
David Barnett (Springfield, Ohio/Shawnee) has been a regular starter as a wide receiver for the Crusaders over the last three years. A three-time all-conference selection, B arnett has ascended the Capital record books in receptions (2nd, 165), receiving yards (3rd, 2,332), and touchdown catches (2nd, 25) over his career. He played and started 27 games and was on pace for a career season until an arm injury sidelined Barnett for the last three games of the 2018 season.
Barnett's off-the-field contributions rival the impact of that on the field. He has embarked on multiple mission trips to serve veterans of foreign wars, has volunteered time to spend with patients at Nationwide Children's Hospital in both Dayton and Columbus, and has gone back to his high school alma mater (Shawnee High School) to coach current players and renovate its academic and athletic facilities. Barnett is a team leader in its mission to serve the Second and Seven Foundation to help children read and guide them positively in life, and is a regular in serving the Meals on Wheels organization by preparing and delivering meals.
While serving others and leading the Crusaders on the gridiron, Barnett also models the definition of a student-athlete. The senior education major also maintains high academic marks that exceed a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average.
Barnett is the only Ohio Athletic Conference student-athlete to earn a nomination for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® and one of few in the region.
"To be named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® is no small feat and goes above and beyond sportsmanship and leadership in the classroom or on the field," said Tim Tebow, two-time national champion, Heisman Trophy winner and 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® member. "These student-athletes believe in the power of giving back and enriching the lives of others, while also helping to shape the lives of future young athletes. Each year, I am struck by the caliber of these nominees and humbled to be a part of telling their stories."
The final 22-member team and honorary coach is selected by a voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and prominent media members who look for both their dedication to giving back and the embodiment of true leadership on and off the football field.
After the final team members are announced on September 12, 2019, fans can vote for this year's Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® captain through the official page on ESPN.com. Fans are also encouraged to join in the conversation by searching and using #GoodWorksTeam on their social media channels throughout the season.