Rob Anderson Named to Prestigious Allstate NABC Good Works Team

Rob Anderson Named to Prestigious Allstate NABC Good Works Team

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 10, 2015) – Caltech men's basketball junior Rob Anderson (Orono, Minn. / Orono) has received the prestigious honor of being named to the 2015 Allstate National Association of Basketball Coaches Good Works Team®.

NABC Release

This distinguished community service award honors student-athletes for their off-the-court achievements, paying tribute to college basketball players at all levels for their impressive commitment to giving back to their communities and positively impacting the lives of those around them.  

As a member of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team, Anderson will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, to the 2015 NABC Convention and 2015 NCAA Men's Final Four® in Indianapolis, where he will participate in a community project benefitting the host city.

"This is quite an honor for Rob – it shows that who he is as a person really transcends what many only ever see on the court," Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger said.  "Obviously, he is a tremendous student and his character shines in everything he does.  To be able to represent our program in this way is a big win for our department and the Institute.  What's more, he is the best teammate one could have and is an extremely hard worker. He epitomizes what a student-athlete truly represents and is a prime example of what our Institute searches for during the admissions process."

Anderson, a mechanical engineering and business, economics and management double major, was selected based on his work in researching and designing sustainability projects over the past several years.  Ever since leading a team at Orono Senior High School in Long Lake, Minn. to design a 17-foot solar-powered boat for the 2012 Solar Splash Competition in Iowa, he has followed his passion of exploring renewable energy opportunities.  Upon arriving at Caltech, Anderson immediately joined the 2013 DOE Solar Decathlon team, and the following summer designed and coded a Decision Support Tool with the University of Minnesota to calculate the economic feasibility of growing crops that could be used for conversion into cellulosic ethanol.  He has since gone on to intern in a research and development project for new, lighter composite materials to build wind turbine blades and volunteer for the FLoW competition.  He has also volunteered at local competitions and community events and helped promote and organize events on campus for Innovate Pasadena. 

Anderson has recently identified a need to promote sustainability as well as hands-on engineering projects on campus, leading to his founding of a club with the goal of designing and developing two sustainable vehicles on campus.  With almost 10 percent of the undergraduate student body at Caltech, the group has set out to create a fully solar-powered batter vehicle and a fuel cell-powered vehicle and research the advantages and disadvantages of each.  They believe this will provide very useful information for analyzing the future potential of both types of vehicles and their potential to integrate into the current infrastructure.  The club also plans to implement regenerative breaking and intelligent battery management systems to push the limits of efficiency to the brim, and in the spring of 2015, hopes to host a weekend event in Pasadena with other local engineering schools to promote sustainability in the community with the main event being a racing competition between the schools.

 

The following players have been named to the 2015 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®:

 

NCAA Division I

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Cl.

Pos.

School

Hometown

Kevin Alter

Sr.

Guard

U.S. Naval Academy      

Rumson, N.J.

Malcolm Brogdon  

Jr.

Guard

University of Virginia

Atlanta, Ga.

Jordan Green

Sr.

Guard

Texas A&M University

Flower Mound, Texas

Michael Obacha

Jr.

Forward

Appalachian State University

Edo State, Nigeria

Dominic Romeo

Graduate

Forward

Santa Clara University

Turlock, Calif.

             

 

NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA

Name

Cl.

Pos.

School

Hometown

Rob Anderson

Jr.

Guard  

California Institute of Technology

Orono, Minn.

Karl Barkley 

Sr.

Guard

Swarthmore College

Davidson, N.C.

Justin Kuhlman

Sr.

Guard

Belmont Abbey College

Ponte Vedra, Fla.

Sam Pugh

Sr.

Guard

Pittsburg State University

Branson, Mo.

Joel Redfoot     

Sr.

Forward

Penn State Altoona        

Hollidaysburg, Pa.

 

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® are each comprised of 10 student-athletes; five from NCAA® Division I and five from NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA. Nominations were submitted by sports information directors and coaches at colleges and universities across the country, and a record total of 158 nominees from the NABC and 93 nominees from the WBCA were announced in early December 2014.

Distinguished voting panels comprised of former coaches, college basketball legends and media members narrowed down the outstanding submissions to the final two teams. Leading the voting panels for the Allstate NABC Good Works Team was former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill.

"Community service and giving back are an integral part of Allstate's core values, and recognizing the NABC and WBCA Good Works Team® for their commitment in this area is one of the efforts we are most proud of," said Pam Hollander, vice president of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2015 NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® selection panels. "In our third year partnering with the NABC and WBCA, we could not be more honored to have a role in recognizing truly deserving young athletes who encourage all of us to make a positive impact on those around us."   

More information about the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® is available at www.nabc.org.

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.

 

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