St. Louis, Mo., July 18, 2012 – Washington University in St. Louis junior Seth Wight has been selected as a nominee for the 2012 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team, as announced by the Association today.
Wight is one of 117 student-athletes from all levels of college football up for one of the 22 final spots on the team, which will be unveiled in September. In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or community service while maintaining a strong academic standing.
The 6-foot-2, 250-pound defensive lineman has been active in the Washington University community throughout his career on the Danforth Campus. He has served as a volunteer speaker for the Jason Foundation, an educational organization dedicated to the awareness and prevention of youth suicide. Wight and his fellow teammates speak to high school football teams on the importance of leadership in their communities, and lead activities aimed at team cohesiveness.
Wight has also spent some time as a volunteer at the Preclarus Mastery Academy, tutoring a fifth grade student twice a week in downtown Saint Louis, forming a relationship and being a part of their academic growth and development. He also served as a building supervisor for the WUSTL Athletic Complex and a volunteer for the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
Wight was also involved in a Washington University Archaeology and history of central Asia study. He traveled to the Dzhungar Mountains in Kazakhstan to participate in field school through the Washington University Overseas Program. Wight cataloged and handled artifacts, participated in the archaeological dig and toured the museums in the city of Almaty.
On the playing field, Wight is a two-year letterwinner for the Bears and has appeared in all 20 games in his career. He saw action in all 10 games as a sophomore at defensive line and long snapper, registering 19 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack. Wight was also a member of the University Athletic Association (UAA) All-Academic Team.
Washington U. hosts three-time defending NCAA Division III national champion University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the season opener on Friday, August 31. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. at Francis Field.