July 19, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa – – University of Iowa punter Eric Guthrie was named one of 56 nominees from Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs for the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team today by Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (ACFA). The program, entering its 20th year, honors college football players who stand out off the field by providing selfless contributions to volunteerism and community service.
Guthrie’s “good works” were evident during the 2008 flood relief efforts. The senior from Nevada, Iowa helped with sandbagging efforts in Coralville, worked with the Salvation Army to hand out supplies to local residents, and participated in an event organized by former Hawkeye Chad Greenway that cleaned up Iowa City’s City Park (little league baseball diamonds). He also participated in Team Leadership Retreats to Cedar Rapids in the springs of 2009 and 2010. The 2009 retreat helped tear down and strip a flooded house while 2010 focused on scrapping and painting houses.
Guthrie has been active in multiple community service events, as he helped support the Solstice Stride 5k Run/Walk by signing autographs and handing out water. He also signed autographs and entertained kids at Dance Marathon. Guthrie raised awareness and support for the Alzheimer’s Association by serving pancakes at the Legacy Retirement Home. He supported research to find a cure for Rett syndrome, a nervous system disorder, by signing autographs at a 5k run/walk.
In addition, Guthrie has donated blood to the DeGowin Blood Center twice during spring blood drives put on by the University of Iowa football team and volunteered with the Salvation Army by assisting in the Soup Kitchen. He participated in the Hawkeye Reader Program, which promotes the importance of reading and literature to elementary students. Guthrie has also been a regular visitor to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.
Guthrie is one of two players who represent the football team on Iowa’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (ISAAC). He continued his volunteer efforts this spring by participating in the Day of Caring and the annual Camp Courageous visit to Kinnick Stadium hosted by Iowa’s seniors.