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Volunteer work leads to national recognition

Posted by on December 16, 2015

Billy Baker FootballCitizenship is emphasized throughout AU, and student involvement does not go unnoticed. This year, senior defensive lineman Billy Baker has been honored by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as a member of the 2015 Allstate Good Works Team. This award recognizes 22 college football players who have made a commitment to enriching the lives of others while contributing to the greater good of their communities.

“Our student-athletes learn from the time they first step on campus that serving others is the greatest form of leadership, and Billy does a fantastic job of representing the AU student body,” said AU Football Head Coach Rick Ponx. “He has helped build on the foundation of those that came before him, while setting an example for all the newcomers just entering our program. We are proud of Billy and all the projects where he has donated his time and efforts.”

Billy Baker Reading

Billy Baker reads to children at Two Rivers Head Start in Aurora, Illinois.

Baker’s community service and leadership work includes volunteering with the Two Rivers Head Start Program, Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry, Kiwanis Club River Clean-Up, Senior Services Associates, Hesed House, Kiwanis Club Local Pancake Breakfast, Oswego Beats and Eats, East Aurora High School Youth Camps and the Aurora University Spartan Leadership Council.

“I am extremely honored and grateful to be recognized as a member of the 2015 AFCA Good Works Team,” said Baker. “I’m proud to represent Aurora University and our football team. I am also very fortunate to make such a valuable impact on those in need in my community. I do not consider it community service when it is something that I love to do.”