Washington U.'s Kyle Larkin Nominated for Allstate AFCA Good Works Team
St. Louis, Mo., July 19, 2011 – Washington University in St. Louis senior linebacker Kyle Larkin has been selected as a nominee for the 2011 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team, as announced by the Association today.
Larkin is one of a record 132 student-athletes from all levels of college football up for one of the 22 final spots on the team, which will be announced in late September. Players were nominated to the team based on their positive influences in giving back and volunteering in their communities.
“Kyle Larkin is a leader and a giver and enjoys serving others and his teammates recognized that by choosing him a captain. That is a high honor from one’s peers in a school where leaders abound,” said Washington University head coach Larry Kindbom. “It is great to see people on the outside see what we see from the inside. Kyle is a great young man, and an outstanding football player. I am excited to see the prestigious recognition in the selection as a nominee for the Allstate Good Works team.”
Larkin has been active in the Washington University community throughout his career on the Danforth Campus. Through his involvement as the president of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, he oversaw the recruitment of 46 new members and established a relationship with a faculty member to become the chapter’s Scholarship Advisor and created an incentive-based system to increase academic success of the members. He has been involved with Habitat for Humanity, Campus Y Field Day, and the Boy Scouts to help raise money for local charities.
Outside his fraternity involvement, Larkin has been active as a marketing/event planning intern for the Preclarus Mastery Academy, a rising charter school in St. Louis city. He also has been involved in the Jason Foundation, serving as one of the pioneer members of the Washington University Jason Foundation Speaker Series.
On the playing field, Larkin is a three-year letterwinner for the Bears, having earned first-team All-University Athletic Association (UAA) honors during the 2010 season. He tied for second on the team with 66 tackles a year ago, and is also a two-time member of the UAA All-Academic Team.
From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members will select two 11-player Good Works Teams® – one comprising of players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and another representing players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA.