Northbrook, Ill. - July 20, 2018 – Springfield College's Andrew Papirio (Walpole, Mass.) was one of 169 student-athletes from across the nation nominated for the 2018 Allstate/American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Works Team®.
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has been one of the most esteemed honors in college football for more than 25 years. The student-athletes who are nominated for this award demonstrate a unique dedication to community service and desire to make a positive impact on the lives around them.
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® is comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA and one honorary head coach. To be in consideration by Allstate and the AFCA for a nomination, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing. The final roster of 22 award recipients and honorary head coach will be unveiled in September. A special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members will review submissions from sports information directors across the nation to select the 2018 Good Works Team®. Tim Tebow, two-time national champion, Heisman Trophy winner and 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® member, will once again headline the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel.
An Applied Exercise Science major who currently owns a 3.9 grade point average, Papirio was named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Academic All-Conference Team last season. As an an active member in the Applied Exercise Science Club, he has been a part of campus campaigns to raise awareness about healthy living. With his involvement in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he attends Halftime on Wednesdays in the campus chapel, and last season, helped begin and lead a pre-game service sponsored by the Western Massachusetts FCA director.
Papirio has also been a part of two organizations directly through his role as a member of the football team, Team IMPACT and St. Baldrick's. As a partner with Team IMPACT, he welcomed and continues to support teammate Luke Bradley in his fight with cancer. He and his teammates embrace every opportunity to let Luke know how special he is by writing letters, sending text messages, and this season, bringing him the game ball in Boston Children's Hospital after a victory. St. Baldrick's is an organization that raises awareness and money for childhood cancer, and last spring, Papirio participated with his teammates and helped raise $20,000.
Off the immediate campus of Springfield College, Papirio has reached into the local community. In his role as a Younglife leader, he mentors teenagers by spending time with them in their neighborhoods, schools and gymnasiums, with the aim at bringing worth, meaning and purpose into the lives of children through active involvement in their life. He also participates in an extension of Younglife, called Capernaum, which focuses on a population of teenagers with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Papirio has also participated in Best Buddies, an organization aimed at creating one-on-one friendships with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and his active ministry reaches far beyond Springfield to New York City. He is active in the Bowery Mission, a medical services and employment assistance group to the working poor and homeless while on breaks from school.
Last season, Papirio was a key member of the inaugural NEWMAC Championship squad that put together a perfect 10-0 regular season en route to earning the program's first appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship since 2006. He totaled 11 returns last season in 10 games, recording just under 26 yards a return on kickoffs and 15 yards a return on punts. He also produced five tackles and a pass breakup as part of the Pride's secondary.