Northbrook, Ill. - July 17, 2019 – Springfield College's Nick Bainter (East Bridgewater, Mass.) was one of 137 student-athletes from across the nation nominated for the 2019 Allstate/American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team®.
Established in 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® continues to be one of the most coveted community service awards in college football. From the 137 nominees, the final roster of 23 award recipients will be announced in September, bringing together 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision;11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA); and one honorary head coach. To be considered for a spot on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.
The final 22-member team and honorary coach is selected by a voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and prominent media members who look for both their dedication to giving back and the embodiment of true leadership on and off the football field.
A Criminal Justice major who currently owns a 3.681 grade point average, Bainter is one of 20 Division III student-athletes nominated up for the award. As an an active member in the Criminal Justice Club as both the student aid and treasurer, Bainter has been a part of active campus campaigns to raise awareness about healthy lifestyle choices and how students and police can unite across the campus. A finalist for the Springfield College Student Trustee position, he has also been a participant in Revitalize Springfield, working in the local community with elementary students and cleaning neighborhoods. As an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on campus, he often attends Halftime on Wednesdays in the campus chapel and helps lead a pre-game service called RTP- Relationships, Talent, and Purpose, helping athletes understand their role far beyond the playing field and how they have a platform through sports to engage others.
Bainter has also been a part of two organizations directly through his role as a member of the football team, Team IMPACT and St. Baldrick's. As a partner with Team IMPACT, he welcomed and continues to support teammate Luke Bradley in his fight with cancer. He and his teammates embrace every opportunity to let Luke know how special he is by writing letters, sending text messages, and this season, bringing him the game ball in Boston Children's Hospital after a victory. St. Baldrick's is an organization that raises awareness and money for childhood cancer, and last spring, Bainter participated with his teammates and helped raise $20,000.
A captain for the 2019 team, Bainter is coming off a junior campaign in which he became the first center in Springfield College football history to be named to the D3football.com All-America team. He helped lead Springfield to the nation's seventh-best rushing attack as the Pride averaged over 295 rushing yards per game and ranked first in the country yards per completion (19.12 ypc). A D3football All-East Region and NEWMAC First Team selection for the second-straight year, Bainter was a key reason why Springfield reached over 300 rushing yards in seven outings, over 400 yards twice, and had the ball on offense for at least 28 minutes in all 11 games. Springfield has registered 18 wins in the last two seasons with Bainter as the starting center, the program's most over a two-year span since 2003-04.
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