Florida State women’s basketball senior forward Natasha Howard (Waite) has been selected as a nominee for the Good Works Teams®, announced by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, the National Association of Basketball Coaches and Allstate Insurance Company.
In its second year, the Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams® honor players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport’s finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. The student-athletes nominated for this prestigious award embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back.
“Allstate is proud to recognize these two outstanding groups of men and women whose commitment to service and volunteerism demonstrate that ‘good works’ extend beyond the basketball court,” said Pam Hollander, senior director of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2014 WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams® selection panels. “Each of the nominees serves as a role model and inspiration to future generations seeking ways to give back, and another reason to celebrate the good happening in our communities.”
Howard and the Florida State women’s basketball team have prided themselves on community service and charitable work. The Toledo native has participated in various charity functions this year alone. Howard took part in the Big Bend Heart Walk, where she assisted at a basketball-themed booth to help raise awareness for heart disease in conjunction with the American Heart Association. Howard also helped fund-raise at a United Way event for City of Tallahassee employees.
Howard, who is also a candidate for the Senior CLASS award and the Naismith Trophy, gave a basketball clinic to underprivileged youth in Dakar, Senegal during a Foreign Tour trip this summer. She also volunteered in Dakar at an orphanage where she interacted with workers and helped take care of children. She has participated in numerous shoe drives with Samaritan’s Feet over her four years at Florida State.
Most recently, Howard and her teammates visited the Ronald McDonald House in Tallahassee to assist with Thanksgiving preparation and perform charitable work around the house. The FSU women’s basketball program also has community service lined up for the holiday season in December.
Just seven games into her senior season, Howard is approaching several milestones on the court as well. She is two double-doubles away from tying the school record of 31 held by Sue Galkantas (1981-84), and two rebounds away from her 800th which would make her just the seventh Seminole to be placed in the 1,200-point, 800-rebound club.
From the 84 WBCA nominees and 118 NABC nominees submitted by coaches and sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, special voting panels will select two 10-member teams comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA® Division I level and five student-athletes from NCAA® Divisions II, III and the NAIA.
WNBA basketball star Tamika Catchings, who played at the University of Tennessee, will headline the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® voting panel, while former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill will serve on the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® panel. The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.
Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA®, to the 2014 WBCA Convention and 2014 NCAA® Women’s Final Four® in Nashville, where they will participate in a community project in the city. Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® will attend the 2014 NABC Convention and 2014 NCAA® Men’s Final Four® in Dallas, where they will also participate in a community project. Allstate is an official corporate partner of the WBCA, NABC and NCAA.
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Waite senior center Natasha Howard (Waite), posing with her Florida State teammates, is sitting to the right of Ronald McDonald, or just left of “Ronnie McD” if you’re looking at the photo. (FSU photo by John Neiser)
In this 71-33 blowout win over Jacksonville, center Natasha Howard (Waite) made more history at Florida State as her 18 points elevated her career scoring total to 1,281 points, jumping to 15th all-time at FSU. Howard is in the middle scrapping for the ball with two Dolphins. (FSU photo by Steve Musco)
A second-half spark led by senior All-America candidate Natasha Howard (Waite), driving here, allowed the Florida State women’s basketball team to earn a hard-fought 60-58 win over No. 25 Michigan State. Led by Howard’s 30th career double-double with 23 points and 12 boards, the Seminoles (8-1) picked up their 26th USA Today Coaches Poll Top 25 win under coach Sue Semrau. (FSU photo by Steve Musco)