Kentucky linebacker Courtney Love has been named to the 2017 Allstate Good Works Team, it was announced on Thursday.
Love is one of only 11 FBS college football players named to the list of 22 total players on the team, which shines a spotlight on the stories of selflessness and community service displayed by student-athletes.
Read why Love was selected, via the press release from UK:
Love, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, shows his selflessness by volunteering his time to help others. He 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. His passion for helping others was derived from his own childhood experiences. At the age of eight, Love ran away from a not-so-healthy relationship with his mother, and as a teenager, was forced to deal with his father being incarcerated for two years. Because of his past, it was a perfect pairing when he found Amachi Central Kentucky. Amachi is 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.
“Since Courtney began mentoring through Amachi, he has exhibited compassion, kindness, leadership, and love,” Amachi specialist Destini Engle said. “Working with him is one of the greatest honors of my life. He has changed and will continue to change so many lives through his story and his mentorship. I cannot think of a more deserving individual for this award.”
Love 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, who was named to the 2016 SEC Community Service Team, has also been nominated for several other national awards, including the Lott IMPACT Trophy, the Wuerffel Trophy and the Senior CLASS Award just to name a few.
Head coach Mark Stoops said, “I’m so proud of Courtney. He exemplifies everything you’re looking for in a student-athlete. The fact he’s being recognized on a national level doesn’t surprise me because of the way he serves other people. “
Love is the program’s 14th player and the third under Stoops to be named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team in its 26-year history. UK ranks tied for second all-time with Nebraska in award winners behind Georgia.
Love also gets in done in the classroom, having already received his diploma in community and leadership development, and earning 2016 SEC Academic Honor Roll honors.
He’s pretty good at football, too.