September 19, 2013 | 8:02 a.m.
By Office of Communications and Marketing
Bethel senior J.D. Mehlhorn was recently named to the 22-player roster for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. The honor recognizes the “good works” of a select group of college football players from across the country and is one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college sports.
Mehlhorn has been active in community service for a number of years. He traveled to Bratislava, Slovakia, this summer to volunteer his time with inner city kids through a variety of programs, including sports camps. The Lakeville, Minn., native has also served with Feed My Starving Children, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Berean Neighborhood Care, and Adopt-A-Park.
For more than two decades, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team has recognized college football players at all levels of the sport for inspiring acts of service and off-the-field achievements. This summer, the program received a record 150 nominations from colleges and universities across the country. From the nominations, an esteemed voting panel comprised of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members and college football media selected 11 players from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA to the 22-player team.
"Allstate is thrilled to embark on another year of collaboration with the AFCA, and together honor this group of extraordinary young men for their ‘good works’ in the community," says Cynthia Whitfield, senior vice president of Allstate's Southern region and a member of the 2013 voting panel. "As fans of college football, Allstate continues to be inspired by the remarkable performances that take place on the field, but equally inspiring are the acts of service that have earned these 22 players a spot on the 2013 AFCA Good Works Team."
Bethel football fans also have the opportunity to vote Mehlhorn as team captain. Visit ESPN.com to vote now through November 11.
To read more about the honor and to see a complete roster, read the American Football Coaches Association announcement.