Nate Casey ’17 earns national honor for community service.Davidson senior linebacker Nate Casey has been named to the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®. He was recognized by an Allstate representative while volunteering at Davidson Elementary.
“I was definitely surprised, I know how much of an honor this is and how many people were nominated,” said Casey. “Honestly, I was not expecting too much, but it was a huge surprise when I received the award.”
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, which was established in 1991 to recognize a select group of college football players who have made a commitment to service and enriching the lives of others. In honor of the 25th anniversary, for the first time ever, the team consists of 25 members including 12 honorees from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, III and NAIA.
Casey is the second ’Cat to earn this distinction in three years, following in the footsteps of his brother, Dan, a 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® honoree. Davidson has notched a nominee each of the last three years, with Chris Woods landing on the 2015 ballot.
“The most important thing about coming to Davidson College is that we want to develop people for lives of leadership, and Nate Casey embodies those things,” said head coach Paul Nichols ’03. “Nate Casey and his brother, Dan Casey, are really special because they sincerely want to do things for others before they do them for themselves.”
Off the field, Casey is heavily involved with the Charlotte community. Beginning in 2013, he began volunteering with Speak Up Magazine, a street paper for the homeless. On top of working with the Charlotte publication, Casey launched a Davidson College issue of Speak Up Magazine and helped write and publish stories for both. Along with written pieces drawing awareness to the homeless community, he helped organize a street outreach program that served food and provided for other basic needs of the less fortunate.
Casey has worked diligently with the homeless of Charlotte, and during final exams of his freshman year, spent eight days homeless himself. In conjunction with Speak Up Magazine, Casey filmed and produced a documentary to promote awareness of homelessness in Charlotte and throughout the country.
Outside of work in his own backyard, Casey led a group of teammates to Uvita, Costa Rica, and two years prior, a group of ’Cats to Sauteurs, Grenada, each time helping the community complete strenuous tasks and builds. In addition, he made two trips to South Africa, where he led sports camps for children and served the homeless of Stellenbosch.
Since 2013, Casey has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity; work he continues today. This past spring, members of the Davidson College football team participated in “Build with the ’Cats,” helping on a nearby property in the Davidson community.
“Nate Casey’s made an inordinate impact on our community, Davidson College.… an impact on the Charlotte community as well as internationally,” said Nichols. “One of the things we always talk about in our football program is we want to leave things better than we found them, and that means the community at large—not just Davidson, but the country and the globe.”
And Casey has done just that. He will be honored, along with the other 24 representatives, during halftime of the 2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana, on New Years Day.