Dec. 3, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS - Oakland's Travis Bader is a candidate for the NABC Allstate Good Works Team, announced by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) on Tuesday morning. Bader, a senior from Okemos, Mich., is one of 117 nominees.

Bader is off to a strong start this season for the Golden Grizzlies. He leads the Horizon League in scoring by averaging 22.3 points per game and has made a nation-best 37 3-pointers this season. Bader is trying to become the first OU player to lead the NCAA in consecutive years in a statistical category.

Off the court, Bader continues to be a leader in the classroom and in the community. He earned his communications degree in three years and is working on his master's degree in that same field. Bader spends time in the community at middle and elementary schools as a reading and math tutor, along with teaching basketball skills, and participating in field days. Bader also helps the Salvation Army collect money during the holiday season by doing the Bell Ring at Busch's in Rochester.

In its second year, the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® honor players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport's finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. The student-athletes nominated for this prestigious award embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back.

"Allstate is proud to recognize these two outstanding groups of men and women whose commitment to service and volunteerism demonstrate that `good works' extend beyond the basketball court," said Pam Hollander, senior director of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2014 NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® selection panels. "Each of the nominees serves as a role model and inspiration to future generations seeking ways to give back, and another reason to celebrate the good happening in our communities."

While jump shots and rebounds earn recognition on the hardwood, the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® help tell the stories of good taking place off the court that often go unnoticed. It is those players who demonstrate the exceptional ability to balance academics with athletics while donating their limited free time to serving others who have been nominated by their respective colleges and universities for this prestigious honor.

Special voting panels will select two 10-member teams (men and women) comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA® Division I level and five student-athletes from NCAA® Divisions II, III and the NAIA. Former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill will headline the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® voting panel, while WNBA basketball star Tamika Catchings, who played at the University of Tennessee, will serve on the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® panel. The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.




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