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BEA grad Hanson nominated for 2016 Good Works Team

By Staff | Jul 24, 2016

Saint John’s University senior linebacker Carter Hanson (Blue Earth Area) is a nominee for the 2016 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team, which was released on Wednesday, July 13.

Hanson is one of 165 nominees from Divisions I, II, III and NAIA schools for the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the award, which was established in 1992 to recognize a select group of college football players who have made a commitment to service and enriching the lives of others.

The nominees are submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools. In honor of the 25th anniversary, Allstate and the AFCA will add three additional spots to this year’s team and announce a final roster of 25 members in September. For the first time in the award’s history, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team will be comprised of 12 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, 12 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA and an honorary head coach.

Hanson was selected as a 2016 preseason All-American by both Lindy’s and The Sporting News this summer.

Hanson, a two-time All-MIAC?first-team selection, started all 12 games and finished second on the team, by one tackle, with 97 stops (35 solo) in 2015.

In the classroom, Hanson is a global business leadership major with a 4.0 GPA. He was named a College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-American and is a two-time Academic All-MIAC honoree.

In the community, Hanson is the director of corporate sponsorship for Square One, an on-campus organization that seeks to create lasting micro-business ventures in developing countries. As part of Square One, Hanson traveled to Haiti for 10 days in January 2016 to help establish a sustainable food source for a chicken coop business that was created in 2014, in support of In His Hands Orphanage.

He also volunteered with Kids Against Hunger in March 2016, where he helped pack 45,576 meals for starving people around the world.

Hanson helped the SJU football team raise money for Tackle Cancer and the “Up Till Dawn” campaign, collecting donations for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in fall 2015 and served as a basketball official for a local Special Olympics tournament in February 2016.

Hanson, who has also worked with Meridian, a bat-making company, has been a two-year member of SJU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which has conducted multiple campus cleanups, and was elected and will serve as SJU’s SAAC president for the 2016-17 school year.