Long after their Georgia football careers ended, a group of former Bulldogs are still doing good works for the SEC.
Brothers Matt and Jon Stinchcomb, both All-American offensive linemen while at UGA, teamed up with former quarterbacks David Greene and D.J. Shockley, defensive lineman Quentin Moses and defensive back Kelin Johnson to represent Georgia as part of the third annual Allstate SEC Good Works Day in Atlanta on Thursday. They joined representatives from other SEC schools to help out with several community service projects in East Atlanta.
Working in conjunction with the SEC and Hands on Atlanta, the initiative benefited CHRIS Kids, a local organization that provides safe and stable living environments and offers mental health services for children and families. The Georgia players, along with several volunteers from the SEC and Allstate, wrapped holiday gifts, prepared lunches, painted murals and landscape the grounds at the CHRIS Kids facility on Fayetteville Road. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive himself was among volunteers.
“That’s one thing I’ve always enjoyed doing, being able to give back,” said Shockley, whose season with the Omaha Nighthawks of the AFL ended just two weeks ago. “I enjoy being able to meet people who wouldn’t normally be able to meet you. They see you on TV and all that but they don’t really know you. I always relish the fact they get to meet the person first and know what I’m about. So I enjoyed it. I was actually in the arts and crafts section so that was a little different for me. But I made the best of it.”
The Georgia football alumni share a unique bond in that all six players were selected to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team during their college careers for their commitment to service and volunteerism. Since the national award began in 1992, no conference has had more student athletes named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team than the SEC.
The SEC and Allstate have partnered in community service projects around Atlanta leading up to the SEC Championship Game since 2009.