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Johnson named Allstate WBCA Good Works Team Nominee

Senior one of 84 WBCA Nominees

December 3, 2013 · @MTAthletics

INDIANAPOLIS - Middle Tennessee senior women's basketball center Janiece Johnson has been announced as a nominee for the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team, as announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association on Tuesday.

The native of inner-city Washington, D.C. has been actively involved in the community during her time in Murfreesboro. Johnson has worked with the United Way's "Hometown Huddle," working with area children for events such as the Blue Raiders' annual Reading Day. It is one of many ways Johnson has become involved in the Murfreesboro community since arriving on campus, as she also has served as a coach for the Rutherford County Special Olympics, while also volunteering at a local homeless shelter.

Johnson, going far beyond the required hours for community service, has also worked with Green House Ministry to help others in the community achieve goals such as the completion of their GEDs. In her time with Green House, she has also worked to help provide food, shelter and other essentials to those less fortunate in the community.

A sociology major, Johnson plans to return to Washington, D.C. following graduation to serve her community. Johnson's long-term goal is to open a non-profit organization in the nation's capital to give back to a community that helped her in her youth.

Johnson is one of three nominees from Conference USA, joining ECU's Arianna Jackson and Rice's Nakachi Maduka. From the 84 WBCA nominees and 118 NABC nominees submitted by coaches and sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, special voting panels will select two 10-member teams comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA® Division I level and five student-athletes from NCAA® Divisions II, III and the NAIA. WNBA basketball star Tamika Catchings, who played at the University of Tennessee, will headline the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® voting panel, while former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill will serve on the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® panel. The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.

In its second year, the Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams® honor players at all levels of college basketball who 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.

Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA®, to the 2014 WBCA Convention and 2014 NCAA® Women's Final Four® in Nashville, where they will participate in a community project in the city. Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® will attend the 2014 NABC Convention and 2014 NCAA® Men's Final Four® in Dallas, where they will also participate in a community project. Allstate is an official corporate partner of the WBCA, NABC and NCAA.

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