Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced the roster for the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, the most esteemed off-the-field honor in all of college football. Only 22 student-athletes nationwide receive the honor and this year, Denison senior Lucas Romick has been recognized for his philanthropic efforts.
"We couldn't be more proud of Lucas," Denison head football coach Jack Hatem said. "He has a passion for activism and making this world a better place. His leadership both as a member of our team and on the campus as a whole has been remarkable."
Romick is an environmental science and communication major from Lebanon, Ohio. He is a four-year member of the Denison football and track and field teams and has established himself as a leader among student-athletes not only at Denison but throughout the North Coast Athletic Conference. Romick currently serves as the Denison Student Athlete Advisory Council president and the NCAC Student-Athlete Advisory Council president.
His inclusion on the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® is due in large to his participation and leadership with The Thirst Project, a nonprofit which aims to bring clean water wells to developing countries.
Romick has logged over 1,000 hours of work for The Thirst Project since his first summer as an intern in 2012. Romick began as a social media intern and has risen in the ranks to a member of the executive staff. Romick manages events and fundraisers as well as assisting in marketing and operations for the organization. As an intern with The Thirst Project, Romick has co-produced the annual Thirst Gala, held at the Beverly Hilton, which is attended by numerous actors, comedians and musicians. This year, at the fifth annual Thirst Gala, The Thirst Project raised $300,000 in one night and Romick's social media team trended worldwide on twitter at No. 3 during the evening.
In addition to the Thirst Gala, Romick has also co-produced the organization's VidCon exhibit as well as a private gathering of beauty and hair industry elites in Las Vegas. In all, Romick has been a part of nearly $1 million in fundraising to date.
In Granville, Romick leads a chapter of The Thirst Project that boasts over 50 members. Last year's Football Game For Thirst raised an additional $7,000 to provide clean water to nearly 300 people, indefinitely.
On the field, Romick holds the distinction of playing in every game in his college career as of this release (31 total games). A linebacker and strong safety, he has totaled 107 career tackles and seven tackles for a loss since 2012. In 2013, he led the team in interceptions with four. He is also a sprinter on the Denison track and field team.
Romick will join the other 21 players in New Orleans, La. for a community service project centered around the Allstate® Sugar Bowl® on January 1. Romick is now in the running to be named the 2015 AFCA Good Works Team Captain, which will be put to a fan vote. Click here to vote at ESPN.COM until Nov. 25.
"Allstate is proud to continue the legacy of recognizing student-athletes for their role in making a positive impact in their local communities," said Pam Hollander, vice president of marketing for Allstate. "The 'good works' of these individuals is an inspiration to us all and we are thrilled to recognize another team of young men that are truly making a difference both on and off the football field."
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® was established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field. AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need. Allstate worked to present the award starting with the 2008 season.
Romick is the first player from Denison to be named to the Good Works team and he is one of only six players from NCAA Division III to make this year's 22-member team. A complete list of this year's honorees can be found here.