Pitt’s Tre Tipton Named to Allstate AFCA Good Works Team

PITTSBURGH—Pitt senior wide receiver Tre Tipton has been named to the 2019 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team®, a prestigious honor that recognizes football student-athletes for their leadership in local communities and commitment to giving back.

Tipton is one of 22 players nationwide named to this year’s team, which was selected from a pool of 137 nominees by an esteemed panel of judges, including ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit and former Florida Gators and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow.

Pitt Panther Tre Tipton (#5) goes high to pull down a pass against the Virginia Cavaliers in the panthers 30-14 loss Saturday August 31 at Heinz Field. (Photo Credit ; Vince Butts -UMT Sports )

As a member of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, Tipton will be invited to the 2020 Allstate Sugar Bowl and join Tebow and Allstate volunteers to give back to New Orleans through a special community service project. Allstate will recognize the team during the halftime show.

Pitt Wide Out Tre Tipton (Photo Credit: Vince Butts -UMT Sports)

“I am tremendously honored to be recognized on this year’s Allstate AFCA Good Works Team,” Tipton said. “Being involved in the community has been one of the most rewarding parts of my experience at Pitt. Our athletic department has a strong culture of giving back and I’m thankful for the many opportunities we have to make a difference throughout Western Pennsylvania.” 

Pitt Panther head football coach Pat Narduzzi ( In white shirt) as he patrols the sidelines in the Panthers 30-14 loss to UVA (Photo Credit: Vince Butts -UMT Sports)

“Tre is very deserving of this important honor,” Coach Pat Narduzzi said. “He has made giving back a high priority in his life while also balancing the demands of being a student and athlete at the University of Pittsburgh. Tre has made our entire program so proud and I know he is going to continue making a difference in the community in his years beyond Pitt.”

 

A three-year letterman at receiver, Tipton (Apollo, Pa./Apollo-Ridge) has distinguished himself off the field with a passionate commitment to helping others.

Tipton created L.O.V.E. (Living Out Victoriously Everyday), a program that helps “empower, provide hope and build a community for collegiate student-athletes who are dealing with mental, emotional, and physical struggles” through fellowship and access to professional help. Tipton was inspired by his own personal challenges to start this highly impactful effort that ensures no member of the Pitt Athletics community will face their adversities alone.

Pitt Receiver Tre Tipton sharing information about his L.O.V.E. program.(Photo Credit UMT Sports)

Tipton’s additional volunteerism includes serving as a mentor at the Waypoint Youth and Community Center, promoting the importance of reading and education at area elementary schools and helping to host Make-A-Wish Foundation children and local veterans groups at Pitt’s football facility.

Graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in four years with a bachelor’s degree in communication, Tipton has already embarked on his graduate studies in Pitt’s School of Social Work.

Tipton is the fifth Pitt player to be named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. The Panthers’ previous honorees are linebacker Mike Caprara (2016), running back James Conner (2015), quarterback Tyler Palko(2006) and quarterback Alex Van Pelt (1992).

Fans are invited to visit ESPN.com/Allstate to vote for the 2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team captain once per day, now through Nov. 22. The team captain will be honored at The Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN later this season.

Throughout the season, fans can follow along and join the conversation by using #GoodWorksTeam on their social media channels to learn more about these incredible players and their stories.

(This story and information courtesy of The University of Pittsburgh Athletics) 

 

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