A big congratulations to UK senior linebacker Courtney Love, who was named to the watchlist for the 2017 Wuerffel Trophy, given annually to college football’s top community servant.
Love’s list of good deeds from UK is long. He leads the team in community service hours and has a passion for mentoring children, especially those living in a one-parent household or children who have parents who are incarcerated. He currently volunteers at Amachi Central Kentucky, a mentoring program that seeks to pair caring, positive adults with children and youth in the Bluegrass who have one or both parents in state or federal prison or are affected by incarceration in some way.
He also has served in a Skype mentoring program with area high school students, and has taken part in many events with the UK Children’s Hospital, Read Across America, and Special Olympics, along with many other service activities. In May of 2016, Love was chosen to participate in a service/educational trip to Ethiopia where he helped build houses as well as shoe-shining boxes for men to be able to work and provide for their families. He also delivered food to impoverished families and visited with orphans and widows.
Love, who was named to the 2016 SEC Community Service Team, has also been nominated for the 2017 Lott Trophy which is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Ronnie Lott, embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. In addition, he is a candidate for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team which is the top college football honor for recognizing outstanding community service achievements.
In the classroom, Love was named to the 2016 SEC Academic Honor Roll, graduating in May with a degree in community and leadership development. He is currently working on a second degree in communications. He also serves as one of UK football’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representatives for the second straight season.
In short, Love is one heck of a good dude, and we’re fortunate to have him as the team captain. Semifinalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 2 and finalists will be announced on November 22.