Dec. 3, 2013
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Seton Hall red-shirt junior Patrik Auda (Brno, Czech Republic) was selected as one of the 73 NCAA Division I men's basketball nominees for the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Teams®. Auda was recognized by the by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Allstate Insurance with a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to their communities through volunteerism and civic service.
The NABC and Allstate selected a total of 118 men's basketball nominees from NCAA Division I, II, III and the NAIA. In February, a special voting panel will choose the 10-member 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Teams®, which will be comprised of five student-athletes from NCAA Division I and five student athletes from NCAA Division II, III and the NAIA. Former Duke University standout and NBA All Star Grant Hill headlines the Allstate NABC Good Works Teams® voting panel. Allstate and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) will also select a 10-member women's basketball Good Works Team.
"It is truly a great honor, just to be considered for such a prestigious award," said Auda. "Being active in the local community and serving as a role model has always been important to me, and it is something that I take great pride in. Seton Hall has provided me a great opportunity, and I believe it is my responsibility to represent the University positively on and off the court."
Auda is one of four men's basketball student-athletes from the BIG EAST to be selected. The 6-foot-9 forward has been a model student-athlete since his arrival in South Orange. The three-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star is one of only two Pirates in program history to garner the accolade three-straight years.
In May, Auda, who is working towards his bachelor's degree with a concentration in finance, was inducted into the National College Athlete Honor Society, Chi Alpha Sigma, which recognizes high academic achievers and sport letter winners at the collegiate level. Student-athletes must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or higher and be of good moral character to receive the distinction.
Off the court, Auda has been extremely active in the local community, volunteering his time for a variety of service initiatives. He has participated in outreach projects with his teammates, such as making visits to the children's hospital at St. Barnabas Health Center and distributing meals to the needy at Saint John's Soup Kitchen in Newark. Auda volunteered his time this past summer teaching basketball to local children of the South Mountain YMCA and he made a visit to the Write on Sports (WOS) program benefiting over 50 middle school aged kids.
Auda averaged 12.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and shot 75% (18-24) in the Pirates first five games of 2013-14. His top performance was against Monmouth on Nov. 18 when he exploded for a career-high 27 points on 8-for-9 shooting, going along with 10 rebounds. Auda missed the Pirates' last two contests due to injury.
"Allstate is proud to recognize these two outstanding groups of men and women whose commitment to service and volunteerism demonstrate that `good works' extend beyond the basketball court," said Pam Hollander, senior director of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2014 NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® selection panels. "Each of the nominees serves as a role model and inspiration to future generations seeking ways to give back, and another reason to celebrate the good happening in our communities."
Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Teams® will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA®, to the 2014 NABC Convention and 2014 NCAA® Men's Final Four® in Dallas, where they will participate in a community project in the city.
"The partnership of the NABC and Allstate provides an outstanding opportunity to recognize 118 men's college basketball players who have been nominated for the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Teams®," said NABC Executive Director Jim Haney. "The contributions they have made locally, nationally and globally are uplifting and demonstrate their great compassion, spirit and determination."
In addition to Hill, Hollander and WNBA all-star Tamika Catchings, the 2014 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams selection panel also includes, former college basketball players Greg Anthony (UNLV), Mateen Cleaves (Michigan State) and Alana Beard (Duke); former head coaches Bobby Cremins (College of Charleston), Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech), Marsha Sharp (Texas Tech) and Nell Fortner (Auburn); current college basketball coach Coquese Washington (Penn State); and media members Seth Davis (Sports Illustrated/CBS), Dana O'Neil (ESPN), Carolyn Peck (ESPN) and LaChina Robinson (ESPN/FOX).
More information on the Allstate NABC Good Works Teams® is available at www.nabc.org.