NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Rising senior Reece Foy of the Amherst College football team has been named one of 146 nominees throughout the FBS, FCS, Division II and III, and the NAIA for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, as recently announced by the organizations.
Regarded as one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college football, this year marks the 26th anniversary of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® which recognizes a student-athlete's charitable involvement and community service contributions that have enriched the lives of others. One of just 24 total nominees representing a Division III institution, and the lone student-athlete from the NESCAC, Foy is the second Mammoth player to earn a nomination in the last four years, with Chris Tamasi '15 garnering the honor in 2014.
Despite growing up over 5,000 miles away in Honolulu, Hawaii, Foy was quick to embrace the Pioneer Valley and to commit to giving back both at Amherst and in the local community.
In addition to acting as the football team's Athletic Team Engagement Leader (ATEL) and as an Executive Team Leader in the Amherst Christian Fellowship, Foy spearheaded the development and implementation of Val Appreciation Day – an on-campus initiative aimed at establishing relationships with and showing gratitude towards the hardworking staff of Valentine Dining Hall.
"I have made an effort to get to know these people since I eat their three times a day, seven days a week. I know most of the workers by name and have established relationships with them all," commented Foy. "However, aside from those relationships I also wanted to show them how much the greater Amherst community cared for them, so I founded Val Appreciation Day."
Locally, you can find Foy volunteering his time to assist the charitable efforts of the Amherst Survival Center, the Amherst Senior Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Hampshire County and his local church, MercyHouse. In conjunction with the ATEL program, Foy has helped collect over 2,000 pounds of food for donation, and has supported the Boys and Girls Club's largest fundraiser in the area three-years running alongside Amherst quarterbacks coach Adam Banks.
The same attention to detail that sees Foy excel on the gridiron also brought about one of the quarterback's more labor intensive projects – shoveling snow for the elderly members of the community. Noticing the snow piling up during the harsh New England winter, Foy was made aware that many community members had no choice but to pay someone to do the physically demanding task just so they can exit their home. It was then that he contacted the Amherst Senior Center and was given the information of people who requested assistance.
"Over the years I have shoveled at multiple houses and a local church," said Foy. "One woman, Ms. Pope, was so moved by our consistency and willingness that she wrote a letter to the President and our head coach to show her gratitude."
Foy's desire to give back hasn't been limited to just the Pioneer Valley, with Foy making service trips to Chad and Las Malvinas in the Dominican Republic during his time at Amherst. In the Dominican Republic, Foy worked alongside Esperanza Soaps, an organization that aims to empower women by teaching them skills and employing them to run their own companies, while his work surrounding Darfur Refugees has seen the rising senior speak to U.S. senators and help raise over $30K since high school.
On the field, Foy has appeared in 12 games behind center for the Mammoths, including eight starts in Amherst perfect 8-0 season in 2015. He owns a career 59.4% completion percentage and a 126.1 efficiency rating while averaging 144.5 yards per game through the air.
Voted on by a panel of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members and prominent college football media, the final roster will be comprised of 11 players from the FBS and 11 players from the FCS, Divisions II, III and the NAIA (22 total award recipients) and will be unveiled this September.