Congratulations to senior linebacker Courtney Love, who was just presented with the 2017 Wuerffel Trophy, which honors college footballâ€™s top community servant. He accepted the award this morningÂ at the National Football Foundationâ€™s Press Conference at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel in New York.
Love’s list of good deeds from UK is long. HeÂ leads the team in community service hours and has a passion for mentoring children, especially those living in a one-parent household or children who have parents who are incarcerated.Â CourtneyÂ currently volunteers at Amachi Central Kentucky, a mentoring program that seeks to pair caring, positive adults with children and youth in the Bluegrass who have one or both parents in state or federal prison or are affected by incarceration in some way. At age nine,Â Love ran away from home because of what he calls a â€œcomplicated and toxicâ€ relationship with his mother and went to live with his dad Cory, Coryâ€™s girlfriend and three half-sisters. His dad ended up in prison for two years while Courtney was in middle school.
He also has served in a Skype mentoring program with area high school students, and has taken part in many events with the UK Children’s Hospital, Read Across America, and Special Olympics, along with many other service activities. In May of 2016, Love was chosen to participate in a service/educational trip to Ethiopia where he helped build houses as well as shoe-shining boxes for men to be able to work and provide for their families. He also delivered food to impoverished families and visited with orphans and widows.
Love is also a member of theÂ Allstate AFCA Good Works TeamÂ which is the top college football honor for recognizing outstanding community service achievements.Â In the classroom, Love was named to the 2016 SEC Academic Honor Roll, graduating in May with a degree in community and leadership development. He is currently working on a second degree in communications. He also serves as one of UK footballâ€™s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representatives for the second straight season.
On the field, Love ranks second on the team in tackles with 82 and has started and been in a captain in all 12 games. He ranks tied for 23rd nationally in fumble recoveries with two and has posted a career-high in tackles twice with 10 vs. Missouri and Louisville.
In short,Â Love is one heck of a good dude, and we’re fortunateÂ to have him as the team captain. For more on Love’s inspiring story, watch the profile below courtesy of UK:
…And Love being surprised by Allstate and the Lexington community with his Allstate AFCA Good Works Team award in October:
Love will be interviewed at â€œThe Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Showâ€ on ESPNU and ESPN3 onÂ December 7Â atÂ 6 p.m. ESTÂ at the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta.
Thank you for making us proud, Courtney.