Coaches salute Navy's Kevin Alter, Delaware's Stephanie Leon
Both reached college basketball’s ultimate destination with their performances off the court.
Alter and Leon were among 10 Division I college basketball players named by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association to the Allstate Good Works Team.
Alter will be in Indianapolis while Leon will be in Tampa on behalf of Allstate to join a community project in the Final Four host cities. They will also be recognized during the Final Four.
Alter (left) was one of five men chosen from 158 nominees; Leon was one of five women selected from 93 nominees.
“It is insane to think that I’ve been selected from such a large group,” said Leon, a senior center for the Blue Hens and team captain. “When I was nominated I thought, ‘Wow, that is really cool. It is a great honor.’ To actually to be selected is over the top. I can’t believe it. It is staggering to me that there is that many people (nominated) and that I’ve been selected for it.”
Alter, a senior point guard for the Midshipmen, found enough time between his military career, pursuit of an economics degree and playing basketball to help.
“There is so much stuff thrown at us every day,” he said. “I was raised in a supportive, stable environment. I want people to have the same opportunities that I had.”
Alter organized teammates to volunteer at a youth homeless shelter last season. This season Alter and the Midshipmen worked with students at an Annapolis middle school on their basketball skills.
With his brother Matt, Alter has been running a stickball tournament for nine years to which all of the proceeds go to Homes for Our Troops. The non-profit group builds specially adapted housing for veterans with life-altering injuries.
Alter graduates in May and will be commissioned as an officer in the Marine Corps.
Leon (left) was instilled with the values of giving back by her family. In high school, she assisted in her mother’s elementary school classroom while she was in high school. Through the Future Educators of America, Leon helped young children with reading and other learning initiatives. She also joined her church youth group in Puerto Rico to build rain shelters and homes.
“Seeing how my family interacted with the community and the support that they gave really helped me,” Leon said. “I tried to model myself off them.”
During her four years at Delaware, were Leon assisted 10 locals organizations, ranging from schools to church and environmental groups. She also with Kids Plus, a program that helps children with autism and Down Syndrome develop sports abilities.
“I never was doing community service for the recognition,” she said. “It was just something I enjoyed going. I felt good while I was doing it.”
2015 ALLSTATE NABC GOOD WORKS TEAM
U.S. Naval Academy
2015 ALLSTATE WBCA GOOD WORKS TEAM