NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt senior safety Elijah McAllister has been named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. The 22 student-athletes across college football were announced Friday.
McAllister has been a leader with Turner’s Heroes, an organization founded in memory of late Vanderbilt football player Turner Cockrell. Cockrell died in 2018 following a battle with cancer and Turner’s Heroes was founded to support cancer research while helping pediatric patients remember they are true superheroes.
Above and beyond the financial impact, Turner’s Heroes connects athletes with patients, holding superhero-themed parties in children’s hospitals throughout the nation.
McAllister is joined on the Good Works Team by 10 other FBS players as well as 11 more representing FCS, Divisions II & III and NAIA institutions and an honorary head coach. McAllister is one of four SEC members on this year’s Good Works Team marking a nation-best 80 selections from the conference since the team was established in 1992.
Saturday’s Vanderbilt home game against Georgia marks the team’s annual Turner’s Heroes Day. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. and the game can be seen on SEC Network.