Gamecock senior recognized for work in community

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – University of South Carolina senior defensive end Cliff Matthews has been nominated for the 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.

Matthews is one of 112 student athletes across the nation, at all levels of college football, up for the final 22 player Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which will be announced in late September.

The Good Works Team was created to honor the distinguished group of college football players who stand out for the positive influence they have in their communities. In the areas of giving back and volunteerism, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team represents the "best of the best" among more than 50,000 student-athletes participating in the sport at all four-year institutions.

While glory and praise may be traditionally reserved for the most athletically skilled college football players on the field, it is the student-athletes committed to serving others who make the most important impact off the field.

The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team exists to tell their stories and acknowledge their impact beyond the game.

"In the third year of our partnership with the AFCA, Allstate, our employees and our agents continue to be inspired by the stories of class and character displayed by these young men," said Guy Hill, vice president of sales and service for Allstate, who also serves on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel.  "We applaud the commitment of these 112 student-athletes to positively impact their communities with innovation, creativity and passion that reflects so well on their sport, and their respective institutions.

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