July 16, 2014
NORTHBROOK, IL - Johns Hopkins rising senior defensive end Michael Longo (Scarsdale, NY/Iona Prep) is one of 182 college football players nationwide from the FCS, FBS, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and the NAIA who have been nominated for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®. For 23 years the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has served as one of the most coveted and prestigious off-the-field honors in college football. The award recognizes players whose charitable involvement and community service contributions stand out among all other student-athletes participating in the sport.
Longo carries a 3.74 cumulative grade point average and is majoring in public health. He has been involved in a number of community service initiatives since arriving at Johns Hopkins. Longo's career goals are tied closely to serving others and many of his activities fall in line with his public health major. Below is a brief description of several of his more prominent activities.
Childhood, Health and Society in Uganda: Spent nearly four weeks earlier this year in Uganda working with researchers, practitioners and peers at Makerere University to critically examine initiatives serving children from the time period spanning in-utero through adolescence.
Habitat For Humanity: Has been an active member of Habitat for Humanity in Mount Vernon, New York (hometown area) since 2009. He has assisted in building new homes and playgrounds throughout the town of Mount Vernon for the unprivileged.
Baltimore Station South: Served as a Research Assistant last fall with Baltimore Station South. His main focus was working in the area of addiction and his primary responsibilities included:
Interviewing recovering substance abuse victims to determine physical and mental health
Analyzed data to determine likelihood of withdrawal
Observed resident-counselor interaction in a rehabilitation setting
Charted data concerning the effects of substance abuse and its effects on the brain
Pen Lucy: The Learning Center at Pen Lucy provides opportunities for Baltimore inner-city children to receive one-on-one tutoring in either math or reading/comprehension. Has worked with this organization for the last two years.
In addition to his exceptional work in the community and the classroom, Longo was recently elected a co-captain for the upcoming season. He was a First Team All-Centennial Conference selection and a First Team Capital One Academic All-District selection last season, when he posted 40 tackles, including 11.5 for losses and 7.0 sacks. He led the team in sacks, finished second in TFLs and fifth in overall tackles.
Longo has played in all 34 games in his career and counts 90 tackles, 20 tackles for losses and 12.5 sacks to his credit. Under the guidance of head coach Jim Margraff, he has helped Johns Hopkins to a 30-4 record, three Centennial Conference titles and three trips to the NCAA Playoffs since arriving at Homewood in 2011. Johns Hopkins finished the 2013 season ranked 12th in the final AFCA Division III Poll.
Johns Hopkins will open the 2014 season on September 6 when Randolph-Macon visits Homewood Field. The Blue Jays topped the Yellow Jackets, 38-14, on the road last season.
Since its establishment in 1992, the award has existed to pay tribute to the "good" in college football that extends beyond the wins and the losses. While balancing academics and athletics, this select group of student-athletes nominated by their respective colleges and universities has committed their limited free time to having a lasting impact on their communities.
"Year after year, the `good works' associated with this impressive group of student-athletes continue to inspire and raise the bar for future nominees," said Jim Haskins, president of Allstate's West Territory and a member of the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel. "Allstate is proud to be a part of an award that recognizes the importance of giving back to the communities where we live, work and cheer on game day."
While heroes emerge on the gridiron each Saturday, this year's nominees' heroics extend beyond touchdowns and tackles. From establishing an epilepsy awareness campaign that has touched the lives of more than 100,000 families to founding a book club program to provide at-risk youth with safe and structured after-school activities, the impressive service resumes of these remarkable student-athletes has earned them recognition on a national level.
"It's great to see all the `good works' these student-athletes are doing at their universities and in their communities," Grant Teaff, AFCA executive director said. "The AFCA is proud to work with Allstate in highlighting the record number of nominees sent in for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®."
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, the final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September. From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members will select the 2014 Good Works Team.®
The 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel includes: former Good Works Team® members Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team); media members Lou Holtz (ESPN), Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Bruce Feldman (Fox Sports), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and Ithaca College head coach Mike Welch; 1987 AFCA President and former head coach at Brigham Young University LaVell Edwards; and Jim Haskins, president of Allstate's West Territory.
Once the final team members are announced in September, fans are encouraged to visit the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® website on ESPN.com, featuring profiles and images of the players, for the opportunity to vote for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain.
In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.
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