Sept. 12, 2007
BERKELEY - University of California senior kicker Tom Schneider has been selected to the American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team. The team recognizes college football players who are actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or involved in other community service activities. Candidates have to display sincere concern and reliability, while also having made a favorable impression on the organizations with which they are involved.
Schneider has been very active in the community throughout his Cal career. Among his many activities have been running in a Relay for Life marathon to raise money for cancer awareness, prevention and research; and organizing teammates to partake in the Read Across America project at Buena Vista Elementary school. He has also participated in a city works project helping clean up parts of Berkeley and volunteers time for Surf Riders Foundation, an organization which raises money to help clean up California's public beaches.
"I'm a local guy from Walnut Creek and it's a pretty close-knit community," Schneider said in regards to his work with Buena Vista Elementary students. "It's such a cool opportunity to go to this place where you can make a difference. The message is to continue to pursue academic endeavors and to remember that when you go to college, to pursue what you're interested in."
The AFCA honors two 11-man teams, a Division I-A team and a combined team from NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA. The AFCA has been selecting the Good Works Team since 1997. From 1992-1996, the Good Works Team was chosen by the College Football Association. When the CFA disbanded in 1997, the AFCA began selecting the teams. Schneider is the first Cal player selected to the team.
"It never ceases to amaze me to see the contributions student-athletes make to their communities," AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff said. "Often times, these young men are better known for the good things they do on the field. The AFCA is proud to recognize these student-athletes for the good things they do in their communities."
Schneider entered the 2007 season as a candidate for the Lou Groza Award for the nation's top placekicker and needs just 32 points to surpass Doug Brien (1991-93) as Cal's all-time leading scorer. Despite missing the Golden Bears' first two games due to injury, he is hoping to make a successful return to the field soon.
This weekend, the Golden Bears battle Louisiana Tech at home in their final non-conference contest. Tickets are available for this Saturday's game, as well as future Cal games, by visiting www.CalBears.com or by calling 1-800-GO-BEARS.