One recent Wednesday afternoon when N.C. Central University senior quarterback Jordan Reid walked into the Global Scholars Academy, he expected to be speaking to the students on how to prevent and respond to bullying. He didn’t know a surprise celebration awaited him for being named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
To be nominated for the Good Works Team candidates must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or community service and maintain good grades.
To add to his already impressive resume that included volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, sleeping outside to raise awareness for homelessness, and donating blood for the American Red Cross, Reid is the co-founder of the Adopt-a-Brother Program at GSA.
The Adopt-a-Brother Program pairs students from Global Scholars Academy with college athletes, mainly from NCCU who serve as mentors. As the school year progresses, the mentors keep track of the students grades and help them in areas they are weak in.
“I get a joy out of seeing the kids find themselves,” said Reid. “My whole goal when I created the Adopt-a-brother program here at Global Scholars was to give the kids an opportunity they might not be presented with at home.”
Reid is one of only 22 college football players from across the country to be named to the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, and the first NCCU Eagle to be named to the team in the awards 22-year history.
“It’s a great honor to be the first Eagle to be named to the Good Works Team,” said Reid. “I’m definitely going to go down to New Orleans in January and represent my school very well.”
From the nominees submitted by sports information directors, a voting panel consisting of former Good Works Team members and prominent college football media members selected 11 players from the football subdivision and 11 players from the football championship subdivision to comprise the 22-player team.
NCCU interim head football coach Dwayne Foster was happy to see his quarterback recognized for all the work he has put in to help kids in communities in the Durham area reach their potential.
“Jordan is truly the epitome of what you call a seasoned athlete,” said Foster. “He does all the right things and leads us in every aspect.”
Although the Adopt-A-Brother program is only offered at the Global Scholars Academy, Reid hopes that eventually the program will grow and stretch out to other schools in the Durham community.
“Global Scholars Academy is just our first target,” said Reid. “A lot of people don’t know their purpose in life, but I definitely know my purpose and that’s to serve.”
NCCU Athletic Director, Ingrid Wicker-McCree expressed how proud she was of Jordan and believes that he will be successful in his future goals because of his determination, dedication and passion to succeed.
“We always emphasize academics and service and Jordan has exceeded our expectations during his tenure at NCCU,” said Wicker-McCree.
Stinson_Reid award: NCCU quarterback stands with representatives from Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, after they presented his award. (Photo by Tevin Stinson).
Stinson_ Reid GSA: speaks to students at Global Scholars’ Academy about bullying. (Photo by Tevin Stinson).
Stinson_Reid class: NCCU quarterback, senior Jordan Reid, center left, back row joins mentors from the Adopt-A-Brother program for a group portrait with Global Scholars’ Academy students. (Photo by Tevin Stinson).