Yesterday, Kentucky center Max Godby was surprised by a selection to the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, an honor bestowed on a very few players who’s charitable activities reflect great credit both on them and on their respective universities. Max is one of only 11 FBS players nationwide to receive the honor.
Max attended the Christian Academy of Louisville and matriculated to Kentucky in the class of 2010. He walked on at Kentucky as a guard, moved to center in 2011, and was awarded a scholarship by Mark Stoops in 2012. Max moved back to guard and is currently #2 on the depth chart behind Ramsey Meyers. Godby is one of those guys that you never hear about, but that the Wildcats could not do without.
Godby gets it done in the classroom as well as on the field. He’s been named to the Kentucky Academic Honor Roll every year starting in 2011, and was named to the UK Athletics Society of Character in 2013. But he doesn’t stop there. Max currently leads the team in hours spent in community service. Consider just one of his projects:
One of the biggest projects he undertook was creating and developing, with the help of Catholic Action Center, a program called Bucks for Backpacks which provided 150 homeless men and women in Lexington, Ky., with a backpack filled with items essential for survival and dignity. He made phone calls to ask for donations for the backpacks and items placed inside, packed the backpacks and distributed them to the homeless. One backpack contained: One shirt; One pair of socks; Roll of toilet paper; Small packet of Kleenex; A bar of soap ; A washcloth; A notebook; A pen; A hat; One toothbrush and toothpaste; Two water bottles; One Gatorade; One pack of gum; A Bible; Deodorant; A source of protein (protein bar, beef jerky, etc.); A source of a complex carbohydrate (Multigrain, peanut butter sandwich, etc.)
The University of Kentucky is very fortunate to have Max as a student, and the football team is very fortunate to have him as a player. He is the kind of man who serves as an example to the younger guys, and embodies the NCAA ideal of a student-athlete despite all the recent pejoratives attached to the term. Congratulations to Max and his connections on this honor.
Here are a few pictures:
All photos courtesy of Allstate Insurance.
Here is the video of the event from Kentucky Wildcats TV