BUFFALO, NY - (UB Press Release) Senior wide receiver Fred Lee was recognized Tuesday as a member of the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, chosen from a record-setting 150 candidates. Lee was surprised with a presentation at Starpoint High School Tuesday afternoon following his talk with the students about making good choices. Always respected for his work on the field, Lee has now been recognized on a national level for his tireless work off it.
The 11-member Football Bowl Subdivision team was announced, with Lee serving as the only member of the Mid-American Conference on the squad. In all, 22 players across all levels of college football were honored.
“I’ve been involved in the community all summer and doing so much work and losing countless hours of sleep to do this,” Lee said. “To know that people recognize me and that people actually care about the things I do means a lot when you put a lot of time and energy into being a positive person. To be honored like this is a blessing.”
Since 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team has honored college football players at all levels of the sport for their selfless acts of giving back to the community and off-the-field achievements. These student-athletes represent the sport’s finest in the areas of volunteerism and leadership amongst their peers.
It was fitting that Lee was presented with the award at Starpoint, as the Chester, SC native spent the spring semester mentoring at-risk students at the school twice a week. He has impacted youth of all ages, whether it was volunteering at day care centers, speaking at local schools, or reading to kids. Also in the community, Fred has spent time at the veteran’s hospital volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, the Red Cross and with the Big Brother/Big Sister program. On campus, he has taken part in the Women’s Football 101 day, UB Kid’s Day activities, Tim Horton’s Camp Day, and the UB Early Childhood Research Center.
For head coach Jeff Quinn and the football team as a whole, it was a proud day, as Lee’s embodiment of the social development pillar was recognized on a national level. The social pillar is one of Coach Quinn’s four pillars of development that he preaches to the team.
“It’s a special day for our program,” Quinn said. “To have an individual in place that does all the things that we communicate with our kids in terms of becoming other-centered. That’s why I brought those four pillars. I know how much it has impacted not only the players in the program but all the kids that Freddy has had a chance to touch in their lives. We have a living example of an individual whose work is being recognized and our players are going to be motivated to continue to reach out in the local community to do those things that Freddy has been doing for us.”
“Allstate is thrilled to embark on another year of collaboration with the AFCA, and together honor this group of extraordinary young men for their “good works” in the community,” said Cynthia Whitfield, field senior vice president of Allstate’s Southern region and a member of the 2013 voting panel, in an official release. “As fans of college football, Allstate continues to be inspired by the remarkable performances that take place on-the-field, but equally inspiring are the acts of service that have earned these 22 players a spot on the 2013 AFCA Good Works Team.”
Lee is the first UB football player to earn the award. He will travel to New Orleans and be honored at halftime of the Allstate Sugar Bowl on January 2, 2014.
Lee currently ranks second on the team in catches and receiving yards, and will lead the team into its non-conference finale against Connecticut on Sept. 28.