Denison senior Lucas Romick (Lebanon, OH/Lebanon), a two-sport athlete in football and track & field, was one of 22 football players nationwide named to the 2015 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Allstate Good Works Team, it was announced on September 15th.
Romick, who also serves as the president of both the Denison and NCAC Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), is an environmental science and communication major at DU.
His inclusion on the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® is due in large to his participation and leadership with The Thirst Project, a nonprofit which aims to bring clean water wells to developing countries.
Romick has logged over 1,000 hours of work for The Thirst Project since his first summer as an intern in 2012. Romick began as a social media intern and has risen in the ranks to a member of the executive staff. Romick manages events and fundraisers as well as assisting in marketing and operations for the organization. As an intern with The Thirst Project, Romick has co-produced the annual Thirst Gala, held at the Beverly Hilton, which is attended by numerous actors, comedians and musicians. This year, at the fifth annual Thirst Gala, The Thirst Project raised $300,000 in one night and Romick's social media team trended worldwide on twitter at No. 3 during the evening.
In addition to the Thirst Gala, Romick has also co-produced the organization's VidCon exhibit as well as a private gathering of beauty and hair industry elites in Las Vegas. In all, Romick has been a part of nearly $1 million in fundraising to date.
In Granville, Romick leads a chapter of The Thirst Project that boasts over 50 members. Last year's Football Game For Thirst raised an additional $7,000 to provide clean water to nearly 300 people, indefinitely.
Romick will join the other 21 players in New Orleans, La. for a community service project centered around the Allstate® Sugar Bowl® on January 1. Romick is now in the running to be named the 2015 AFCA Good Works Team Captain, which will be put to a fan vote. Click here to vote at ESPN.com until Nov. 25.
Romick is the first player from Denison to be named to the Good Works team and he is one of only six players from NCAA Division III to make this year's 22-member team. The last NCAC football player to bestowed the honor was Kenyon's David Brackett in 2013.