Karl Barkley Named to NABC Good Works Team

Karl Barkley, Swarthmore



INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Swarthmore College's Karl Barkley has been named to the 2015 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®, as announced by the organization on Tuesday, Feb. 10. He is one of only three NCAA Division III student-athletes in the country to receive the honor.
 
For the third year, this prestigious award pays tribute to college basketball players at all levels for their impressive commitment to giving back to their communities and positively impacting the lives of those around them. From improving environmental sustainability on college campuses to helping impoverished communities overseas, the service accomplishments of this year's team are some of the most impressive to date.
 
The Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® are each comprised of 10 student-athletes; five from NCAA® Division I and five from NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA. Nominations were submitted by sports information directors and coaches at colleges and universities across the country, and a record total of 158 nominees from the NABC and 93 nominees from the WBCA were announced in early December 2014.
 
Barkley, a four-year letterwinner from Davidson, N.C., has spent his career at Swarthmore working to improve the local community through his sustainability efforts and helping those in need while maintaining a high cumulative grade point average at one of the nation's top academic institutions. He assisted the Chester Community Improvement Project (CCIP) in their effort to start a retrofitting and solar installation subsidiary by researching and creating an intelligible business plan for the organization's director.
 
On campus, Barkley worked with the college's sustainability committee and organized the school's first ever "Zero Waste Game" and helped direct other initiatives such as installing automatic lights and having recycling bins placed throughout the community. He also shared the program's sustainability initiatives with the University of Pennsylvania as part of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Green Sports Consortium (PACGSC).
 
Furthermore, Barkley regularly volunteers at Arch Street United Methodist Church in Center City, preparing and serving foods to the homeless community. He also teaches the fundamentals of basketball and preaches the importance of exercise to fourth and fifth graders at local elementary schools. In addition, the senior leader has inspired other members of the Swarthmore men's basketball program to help with all of his volunteering efforts. 
 
Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, to the 2015 NABC Convention and 2015 NCAA Men's Final Four® in Indianapolis, where they will participate in a community project benefitting the host city. Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® will be recognized during the 2015 WBCA Convention and at the 2015 NCAA Women's Final Four® in Tampa, and will also participate in a local community project. Allstate is an official corporate partner of the NABC, WBCA and NCAA.
 
"Karl is the definition of a servant leader," said Swarthmore head men's basketball coach Landry Kosmalski, who nominated Barkley for the award and will be recognizing him for his contributions to the program prior to the team's final home game against McDaniel on Saturday afternoon. "He leads by putting others' needs before his own at all times, whether it be on the court as our team captain or off the court as our altruistic leader. We are grateful that the NABC and Allstate are nationally recognizing what our community has known for years: Karl's unique selflessness has an immensely positive impact on those around him every single day."
 
The following players have been named to the 2015 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®:
 
Name & School (NCAA Division I)
Kevin Alter (U.S. Naval Academy)
Malcolm Brogdon (University of Virginia)
Jordan Green (Texas A&M University)
Michael Obacha (Appalachian State University)
Dominic Romeo (Santa Clara University)
 
Name & School (NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA)
Rob Anderson (California Institute of Technology)
Karl Barkley (Swarthmore College)
Justin Kuhlman (Belmont Abbey College)
Sam Pugh (Pittsburg State University)
Joel Redfoot (Penn State Altoona)
 
The following players have been named to the 2015 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team®:
 
Name & School (NCAA Division I)
Kyndal Clark (Drake University)
Alex Cohen (Northwestern University)
Bria Goss (University of Kentucky)
Stephanie Leon (University of Delaware)
Devon Roeper (Columbia University)
 
Name & School (NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA)
Kathryn Clark (Johns Hopkins University)
Jasmine DeBerry (Wingate University)
Megan Whittaker (Loyola University New Orleans)
Shanteona Keys (Georgia College & State University)
Lea Sobieraski (State University of New York at Geneseo)