LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 13, 2019) — The fans have spoken and University of Kentucky junior offensive tackle Landon Young has been voted captain of the 2019 Allstate AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) Good Works Team®.
Young was named a member of the team in September for his volunteer work in the community and abroad. Of the 22 total Good Works Team members, Young received the honor of being named Good Works Team® captain through fan voting that took place throughout the season at ESPN.com/Allstate.
For 28 years, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team has highlighted the inspiring stories of selflessness demonstrated by college football players across the country who have dedicated their lives to positively impacting the world around them. The 2019 Good Works Team consisted of a final roster of 22 award recipients and one honorary head coach — 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA — that were selected from this year’s 169 nominees.
Young is Kentucky’s 15th player to be named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and the school’s first to be named Good Works Team® captain in the history of the program.
Young, also a member of the Southeastern Conference Community Service team, is one of the leaders for Kentucky football in terms of community service hours. He’s a player that can always be counted on to volunteer and give back to his community. Here are just a few of his service projects:
- He has visited a local nursing home several times, including a pre-Super Bowl party to give joy to the residents.
- Guest speaker at local churches and elementary schools on seven different occasions, talking about life lessons, fighting through adversities, faith and football.
- Volunteered at Habitat for Humanity.
- Volunteered at Kentucky Children’s Hospital to visit patients and lift their spirits.
- Helped decorate Lexington’s Hope Center's recovery program for women with Christmas decorations.
- Volunteered with Lexington Christian Church to do yard work for members not physically able to take care of their yard.
- An animal science major in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Young has volunteered his time for eight straight years at a veterinary clinic in Cynthiana, Kentucky.
- Participated in a one-week service trip to Ethiopia in May of 2019 where he helped deliver essential nutrition, supplies, hope and love to families living in Korah, a slum made up of all the trash accumulated in Addis Ababa; visited an orphanage with approximately 80 children; and took teenagers from Korah to play arcade games and see the "Avengers" movie.
Young will join his fellow Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members in New Orleans ahead of the 2020 Allstate® Sugar Bowl® and participate in a special volunteer project to refurbish Einstein Charter School. Young and the team will also be honored on the field at halftime during the game on Jan. 1, 2020.
The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers." We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.