Oakley Watkins ’13 honored on Good Works Team during Sugar Bowl
January 3, 2013 By Elizabeth Trollinger
American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team
during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at halftime.
Oakley Watkins ’13 was honored as a member of the Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team during the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Wednesday, Jan. 2.
Watkins, an offensive lineman on Centre’s football team, was one of 22 college football players chosen for the Good Works Team, which honors students who are committed to community service and making a difference. The award, established in 1992, is one of the top honors in collegiate athletics.
“We're thrilled to see Oakley recognized for this because he represents everything Centre College and Centre football stand for," head football coach Andy Frye said of Watkins’ award. “This is a much deserved honor for a young man who does a great job of giving back to the community while balancing all his other responsibilities in the classroom, on the football field and in his other extracurricular activities.”
Members of the Good Works Team were honored during halftime of the Sugar Bowl, which aired live on ESPN.
Those selected for the recognition were picked from 117 finalists, with half coming from NCAA Division I schools and the other half from Division II and III and NAIA schools.
Watkins is dedicated to community service efforts both in Danville and his native Frankfort, logging more than 3,000 hours of service that include volunteering with youth athletic programs, going on mission trips and working on projects locally.
Before being honored at the Sugar Bowl, Watkins and the others on the Good Works Team surprised a group of local children with a football clinic at the YMCA of Greater New Orleans.
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