Three college football players from Central Kentucky have been nominated to the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which recognizes athletes for their volunteer work.
University of Kentucky linebacker Courtney Love, Eastern Kentucky University linebacker Jeffrey Canady and Georgetown College defensive back Kody Kasey were among 146 players nominated by the American Football Coaches Association.
Other players from Kentucky nominated were University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and Murray State University wide receiver Zach Shipley.
Love has served as a volunteer at Amachi Central Kentucky, a mentoring program that seeks to pair adults with children and youth who have one or both parents in state or federal prison or are affected by incarceration. He has also volunteered with the UK Children’s Hospital, Read Across America, Special Olympics and a local youth football camp and participated in a service/educational trip to Ethiopia, where he helped build homes and other resources for locals.
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Canady, a Barbourville native, has volunteered with the Colonel’s Cupboard, EKU’s on-campus food drive, which collects food for less fortunate students. He’s also participated in EKU’s Jock N Roll all-athlete talent show, a fundraiser that sends a military veteran and his or her family to the Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Tournament, and spent time reading to local elementary school students, visiting the local teen center and coaching flag football for the local Special Olympics chapter.
Kasey, who plays for Georgetown College on a prosthetic leg, has worked with the Christian non-profit Feed My Starving Children,which provides nutritionally complete meals for malnourished children. He also participated in the benefit 5K for the Finley Foundation for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
From the 146 nominees, a final roster of 22 award recipients — comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA — will be announced in September.