RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College senior guard Anthony Obery (Roselle, N.J./Abraham Clark) is one of 117 men's college basketball players nationwide to be nominated for the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team. The list of nominees was released today in a joint announcement by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and Allstate Insurance Company.
Obery is one of 43 men's nominees from non-Division I institutions, and the only one from the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.
In its second year, the Allstate NABC Good Works Team honors players at all levels of college basketball that represent the sport's finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. The student-athletes nominated for this prestigious award embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back.
Inspired by the death of his mother when he was 18, Obery became the Youth Pastor at his church, United Deliverance Tabernacle (UDT) in Newark, N.J. In that role, he serves as a Youth Mentor in the Newark community and provides on-call counseling services. He started a Big Brothers program based out of UDT, and volunteers to visit sick members of the parish at local hospitals and offer ministry services.
Obery joined with his father, Antoine, who is also a pastor, to create Obery's Food Ministries. The Newark food pantry feeds more than 500 families each Friday. He is also a member of a local chapter of the organization 100 Black Men of America, which serves to improve the quality of life of African-American children and teens.
"Serving God's people is something I live for and enjoy," Obery said. "I live by the motto, 'Everyone deserves a second chance.' Giving back in this fashion is a way for me to express my own second chance."
From the 117 nominees submitted by sports information directors across the country on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel will select a 10-member team comprised of five student-athletes from the Division-I level and five from NCAA Divisions II and III and the NAIA. Former Duke University student-athlete Grant Hill, a two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star, will headline the voting panel. The final roster of award recipients will be unveiled in February.
"The partnership of the NABC and Allstats provides an outstanding opportunity to recognize 117 men's college basketball players who have been nominated for the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team," said NABC executive director Jim Haney. "The contributions they have made locally, nationally, and globally are uplifting and demonstrate their great compassion, spirit, and determination."
More information, including the complete list of nominees, is available at http://nabc.org/Allstate_NABC_Good_Works_Team/2014_Allstate_NABC-WBCA_GWT_Nominee_Release_-_FINAL-5.pdf.
Felician is guided by fifth-year head coach David DeFerrari of Secaucus. Obery and the Golden Falcons (4-4, 2-1 CACC) next compete on Wednesday, when they host Dowling College at 7 p.m. in non-league action at Job Gymnasium in Rutherford.