MSU men’s basketball honored by NABC for academic excellence

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (- Minot State University men’s basketball earned the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award for the 2016-17 season, the association announced Wednesday.

The award is in its fifth season, created by the NABC Committee on Academics.

“Our program strives for excellence in academics, on the court and in our community,” said MSU head coach Matt Murken. “It is always rewarding to see that recognized. I appreciate the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes and coaching staff to meet our goals in the classroom.”

The award recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for the 2016-17 season. In order to earn a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, institutions in the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA must count the grade point averages of all men’s student-athletes who competed during the 2016-17 season.

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC)

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. For additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, go to www.nabc.org.

– Minot State athletics

MSU’s Gunderson a nominee for 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team

NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Minot State University senior Logan Gunderson was one of 146 nominees for the Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college football.

Gunderson, an offensive lineman from Berthold, N.D., was one of 70 nominees from NCAA Division I FCS, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA. The remainder of the nominations come from NCAA Division I FBS. Gunderson was the only nominee from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

“Logan is a high-character young man of strong faith, morals and values,” said MSU head football coach Mike Aldrich. “He fully understands and embraces the importance of being a servant leader to his family, team and community. We are so blessed to have him as a leader and member of the Minot State football team.”

Since 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has brought together a select group of college football players from across the country to honor their dedication to volunteerism and enriching the lives of others. While players are often recognized for their accomplishments and achievements on game day, these student-athletes have made significant contributions to the greater good of society, inspiring future generations of young athletes and the larger college football community.

“Allstate is immensely honored to partner with the AFCA for the 10th year to help pay tribute to these players and their off-the-field ‘good works’ that often go unnoticed and unrewarded,” said Thomas Clarkson, president of the west territory for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel. “The individuals nominated to the 2017 Good Works Team® are making a positive impact and uniting communities across the country through service, showing what’s possible when you put all hands in and give back.”

The student-athletes nominated for this esteemed award embody the true spirit of teamwork and selflessness, donating their limited free time to helping and serving others. From founding a non-profit that helps orphans secure jobs in the workforce to raising funds and awareness for childhood cancer research, the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® nominees may wear different jerseys on the field, but they all exemplify a superior commitment to giving back off of it.

“After looking at the bios of the 146 nominees we received for 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, it really shows that there are great football student-athletes all over this country who just don’t care what happens between the sidelines, but they also care about their community and giving back to others,” Todd Berry, AFCA Executive Director said. “The AFCA has been proud to partner with Allstate these past 10 years to honor football players who give more of themselves to help others in need.”

The 6-foot-2, 284-pound senior has started 33 games for the Beavers over three years. He has anchored the line during that time, making all of his starts at center. Gunderson is a member of the MSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee to go along with multiple off-field endeavors.

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 2017 Good Works Team®.

Once the final team members are announced in September, college football 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 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain. Throughout the season, fans can also follow along and join in on the conversation by searching and using #GoodWorksTeam on their social media channels.

In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.

— Minot State athletics

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