Utah State's Danny Berger Named To 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's Danny Berger is one of five NCAA Division I men's basketball players named to the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®, announced Tuesday by the Allstate Insurance Company and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service.
"It's a great honor to be recognized on the NABC Good Works Team®, and to be one of the five on the team is a big deal to me since there were so many other nominations from around the country. This will help spread the word about AEDs, and being prepared to know what you're doing in certain situations," Berger said.
The NABC and Allstate Insurance Company today announced the 10 men’s college basketball student-athletes named to the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®. In its second year, this preeminent community service honor recognizes college basketball players who have made a commitment to improving their communities and the lives of others.
The Allstate NABC Good Works Team® is comprised of 10 student-athletes, five from the NCAA Division I and five from NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA. A total of 117 NABC nominees were submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their colleges and universities. The final team roster was chosen by a prestigious voting panel comprised of former coaches, student-athletes and media members.
Berger was joined on the Division I list by Aaron Craft of Ohio State, Joe Harris of Virginia, Dau Jok of Pennsylvania and Jordan Morgan of Michigan.
Berger, a native of Medford, Ore., has returned to action this season after missing 26 games last year due to a medical situation. He is averaging 3.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per game while playing 12.6 minutes of action per game in 2013-14. The a 6-6, 205-pound junior forward is shooting 41.3 percent (31-of-75) from the field, including 23.3 percent (7-of-30) from three-point range and 78.9 percent (15-of-19) at the free throw line.
Off the court, Berger has participated in the Ryan Gomes' Foundation Hoops For Heart Health Foundation. Gomes' Foundation provided the AED (automated external defibrillator) that was used on Berger during his medical situation. Danny and his father, Brain Berger, raised money and collected donations from the community last spring and summer to get an AED for the Kids Unlimited Activity Center in Danny's hometown of Medford, Ore.
Danny and athletic trainer Mike Williams were both recognized and honored by the Utah State Legislature as Senator Lyle Hillyard presented them to the Senate Floor and Representative Jack Draxler presented them to the House Floor in late February. During their visit, Williams was also awarded the Heartsaver Hero Award by the American Heart Association.
Also during the legislative session that Berger and Williams attended, House Bill 118 passed the House of Representatives, creating a restricted account of $300,000 for the purchase of AEDs to any municipal, county or state department of safety/law enforcement that routinely responds to incidents or potential incidents of sudden cardiac arrest; any school that offers instruction to grades 7th through 12th; and any state institution of higher education.
Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, to the 2014 NABC Convention and 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four® in North Texas, where they will participate in a community service project. Allstate is an official corporate partner of the NABC and NCAA.