After a summer full of scandal in college football — oh hey, another coach down! — it’s nice to remind ourselves that programs and players can provide a very positive impact off the field. The athletic department sent out this release yesterday, and I’d be remiss to not pass it on:
Omameh Nominated for Prestigious Allstate AFCA Good Works Team
July 27, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — University of Michigan senior/junior offensive guard Patrick Omameh (Columbus, Ohio/St. Francis De Sales) has been nominated as one of 132 candidates for the 2011 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team, which recognizes the selfless contributions to volunteerism and community service made by college football student-athletes across the nation.
From these nominees, a special voting panel consisting of former Good Works Team members and prominent college football media members will be responsible for selecting two 11-player Good Works teams — one composed of players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and another combined team representing players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Divisions II and III, and the NAIA.
Omameh, who was named Academic All-Big Ten Conference in 2010, is double majoring in communications and sociology with a concentration in business administration in U-M’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts. Omameh is dedicated to helping others through various organizations year-round. Through his work with From the Heart, Omameh makes weekly visits to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. He also makes regular trips to the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Other charity events that Omameh participates in are Victors Day, an annual event for more than 500 special-needs students from around the community to interact and learn from Michigan student-athletes, and local fundraising events such as Heroes for Kids and the David Mealer Memorial Golf Classic. He is also a member of the Order of Angell, which is comprised of 25 seniors from across the U-M campus who promote and initiate positive change by discussing university issues.
Omameh is a two-time varsity letterwinner who has made 16 consecutive starts at right guard for the Maize and Blue. He is one of three starting offensive linemen returning for the Wolverines in 2011.
Joining Omameh on the list for the 20th annual award are six other Big Ten players: Leon Beckum (Indiana), Jared Crick (Nebraska), Eric Guthrie (Iowa), Rob Henry (Purdue), Alexander Netter (Northwestern) and Donald Wilhite (Minnesota).
Let’s take a step back and acknowledge the remarkable efforts of Omameh, who not only is an academic all-conference double-major who starts on the football team, which is impressive (and time-consuming) enough on its own, but a member of the exclusive Order of Angell who volunteers for several charitable organizations. I’ll just say that his collegiate accomplishments blow mine out of the water before you can even discuss his football exploits. Congratulations to Patrick for the honor, and our thanks should go out to him for the great off-field work he has done and the way he represents the University and the football program.