Published 12:05 am Friday, March 1, 2013



Andalusia native Blanche Alverson is one of 10 female college athletes in the nation chosen for the 2013 Allstate Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Good Works Team.

The Auburn University senior guard will be recognized during the WBCA 2013 WBCA Convention and at the 2013 NCAA® Women’s Final Four® in New Orleans, and will also participate in a local community project.

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) also names a Good Works Team. The award recognizes college basketball student-athletes who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement.

Alverson was recognized for:

• Starting her own community service program, Ballin’ 4 Books collecting children’s books at Tigers’ games to be donated to area causes. She has collected more than 1,100 books in the first year of program.

• Reading at area elementary schools

• Collecting food as part of the Auburn United Methodist Church Food Pantry

• Participating in the Salvation Army Angel Tree program

A panel of judges composed of former coaches, student-athletes and media that was headlined by WNBA star Tamika Catchings made the team selections.

“The men and women being recognized with this award have demonstrated a commitment to excellence on and off the court,” said Pam Hollander, senior director of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2013 NABC and WBCA Good Works Team® selection panels. “Allstate commends these student-athletes for their contributions and are very proud to introduce the inaugural NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams.”

It is only the most recent in a string of honors Alverson has earned at Auburn. She has broken the 1,000 mark in career points at AU, was named Miss Homecoming, and most recently was named to the Capital One Academic All-District IV Women’s Basketball First Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Alverson was the only SEC player to earn the Good Works recognition on either the men’s or women’s team. Other WBCA Good Works Team members are:

• Whitney Hand, a senior guard for the University of Oklahoma from Fort Worth, Texas.

• Caroline King, a senior forward for Brown University from Valencia, Pa.

• Drey Mingo, a graduate forward for Purdue University who hails from Atlanta.

• Gizelle Studevent, a senior guard for Penn State who is from LaJolla, Calif.

• Amanda Deal, a senior guard for California State from Costa Mesa, Calif.

• Kathryn Ganser, a senior guard for Merrimack College from Needham, Mass.

• Logan Federick, a senior forward for Skidmore College from Arlington, Va.

• Kayla Wheeler, a junior forward for the Rochester Institute of Technology from Clifton Park, N.Y.

• Emily Huber, a senior guard for Ave Maria University from Indianapolis, Ind.