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Nikkel receives award at Allstate Sugar Bowl

Football | Jan. 5, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA.--Central College tight end Cory Nikkel (senior, Pella, Pella Christian HS) and Nebraska defensive lineman Jared Crick were among the honorees at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Jan. 3. Both are members of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. (Photos courtesy of Allstate)

The Good Works Team surprised more than 150 children from the YMCA of Greater New Orleans at Tad Gormley Stadium Jan. 2 Each team member coached a small group of kids in various football drills and assisted in playing games of two-hand touch football.

The team was then introduced at halftime of the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Michigan won the game, defeating Virginia Tech in overtime, 23-20.

The Good Works Team recognizes student-athletes who are actively involved in service work and maintain good academic standing.

A voting panel of college football media and previous Good Works Team members selected two 11-player Good Works Teams. Nikkel was named to the team that 

represents Divisions II and III, the NAIA and the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision while the other team is comprised of players in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision. Nikkel was among three players from NCAA Division III schools.

Nikkel, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound team co-captain, is an English and secondary education major.  He received academic all-Iowa Conference honors and carries a 3.77 grade point average (4.0 scale). He has traveled on numerous mission trips, including a summer trip to Peru, working in Quechua villages, and a 10-day Habitat for Humanity trip to San Antonio. Most recently, Nikkel missed Central’s spring semester so he could spend three months in Australia through Youth With A Mission (YWAM) working with Aborigines learning how to function in an urban culture in Townsville, Queensland. During that time he spent six weeks in the Outback in an Aborigine village. He’s also worked in Mexico and is active in Central’s service-learning and Campus Ministries programs.


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