Malek Barber Named NABC Allstate Good Works Team Nominee
November 30, 2016
Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant
INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 30, 2016 – The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company today announced an all-time high 278 nominees for the 2017 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams®. This esteemed award honors an outstanding group of student-athletes who represent the sport’s finest in the areas of community service and leadership among their peers.
Palm Beach Atlantic men’s basketball sophomore Malek Barber was named as one of the nominees Wednesday morning. Of the 278 nominees, 70 of them are men in the NCAA Division II, III, and the NAIA category. Barber is also only one of three members of the NCAA Division II South Region to be nominated, along with University of West Florida’s Josh Laatsch, and Delta State University’s John Cornish.
“We are very proud of Malek for the work he has done in the community,” said head coach David Balza. “He has taken to heart the Workship spirit that is a big part of our PBA mission. Last year when we were in Costa Rica for our mission trip, Malek gave one of the kids we met the jacket right off his back. That was evidence to me that he genuinely cares for his fellow man and was one of the main reasons I felt he should be considered for this award.”
The North Port, Fla. native is Palm Beach Atlantic men’s basketball Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative, and is also a member of the NCAA Division II National SAAC.
In his free time, Barber volunteers at local elementary schools mentoring to the kids at the schools.
“For me its all about being able to give back,” said Barber. “I grew up with younger siblings, but as the oldest I never had that older brother to look up to, so being able to be that someone for these kids makes it all worth it for me.”
The Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® recognizes players at all levels of college basketball whose charitable involvement and altruistic acts stand out amongst all other student-athletes participating in the sport. From leading an initiative to help end the water crisis in Flint, Mich., to co-founding a non-profit with the mission to improve literacy rates across the country, the players nominated embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back.