Chadron State College senior football student-athlete Jake Norris, of Fort Morgan, Colorado, was named to the 2020 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® in a release Wednesday from the American Football Coaches Association.
Twenty-two college football players are commended annually by the AFCA for their performance off the field and in their communities. Of those chosen, 11 are from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, and the remaining 11 come from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and NAIA. Additionally, one honorary head coach is selected.
Norris was nominated by the CSC sports information office, and endorsed by CSC Vice President of Human Resources Anne DeMersseman, for his work in the community of Chadron.
He created the Eagle Effort Award to acknowledge Chadron Primary School students who show academic improvement and demonstrate a “helping hand” attitude with their peers. In his award program, teachers vote for a student to be recognized at each home football game during the first media timeout.
Norris also created a volunteerism opportunity for his teammates at the CPS that includes tutoring, assisting in physical education, and supporting students seeking advice in the classroom.
He volunteers annually during The Big Event campus community service campaign, and he frequently volunteers for snow removal at CSC athletic fields.
“I’m honored to be part of a team whose focus is to better our communities,” said Norris. “I plan on expanding the Eagle Effort Award to neighboring communities and schools to recognize more students who are taking the next step in their education. The Eagle Effort Award is something I hope will become a tradition here at Chadron State College.”
As a member of the Good Works Team, Norris receives national publicity at ESPN.com and will be invited to participate in a Zoom conference with current and former members of the team, including former two-time Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow.
Additionally, Norris will be on a ballot to select a team captain, which is selected by voters nationwide in an online poll.
“I’m extremely proud of Jake for being selected to the Good Works Team,” said CSC Head Football Coach Jay Long, who is also Norris’s offensive line coach. ” Of all the players I’ve coached, Jake is probably one of the top three people, in terms of character, I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.”
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team was established in 1992 by the College Football Association to recognize extra efforts by players and student support staff off the field. AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor players who go the extra mile for those in need. Allstate became the presenting sponsor starting with the 2008 season.
At ESPN.com/Allstate, fans can vote for the 2020 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team captain once a day now through Nov. 22.