|Evan Greening has been a leader on and off the court for Pitt-Bradford.
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The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company announced the fifth annual Good Works Team which honors college basketball players for their community service and leadership. The Good Works team has five players from Division I for each gender and then five players from Division II, III and the NAIA.
The four honorees from Division III basketball were:
- MSOE senior forward Holly Denfeld, who was a Preseason All-American and the 2016 Jostens Trophy winner, was selected for her work with Habitat for Humanity, Milwaukee Empty Bowls, Kayla's Crew, Sam's Hope, the Milwaukee Heart Walk and Walk for Diabetes. She is also active with the MSOE Student-Athlete Advisory Council and on campus.
- Kalamazoo senior guard Grace Smith, who also played goalkeeper for the Hornets' soccer team, is the College's Athletic Leadership Council president and has worked to build the relationship between the College and Special Olympics, including an annual track meet and socccer tournaments. Smith has also volunteered at local elementary schools, the Western Michigan University Center for Disability Services and the Kalamazoo Gospel mission.
- Pitt-Bradford senior forward Evan Greening also worked with Special Olympics as well as the American Red Cross, Read Across America and the Mountain Lion Backpack program, that helps provide lunches for economically disadvantaged students. Greening is an Eagle Scout and has also worked in his local community labeling storm drains to prevent dumping of toxic waste that flows to the Rappahannock River.
- Susquehanna senior guard Steven Weidlich has worked on food drives and in soup kitchens, accompanied those with mental disabilities to weekly Catholic Mass and read to elementary students. As chronicled in Around the Region, Weidlich started a campaign last summer to raise awareness on campus and in the community regarding throat cancer, after head coach Frank Marcinek was diagnosed last spring. Weidlich raised money to be donated to the Throat Cancer Foundation, through the sales of bracelets.
These four players were selected from a field of 181 men's nominees and 97 women's nominees. The nominees were narrowed down to the four teams announced this week by voting panels led by former NCAA champion and NBA All-Star Grant Hill and WNBA All-Star Skylar Diggins.