MMA’s Newcomb recognized for ‘good works’

Maine Maritime's Brendan Newcomb

Brendan Newcomb of Holden of the Maine Maritime Mariners. Photo by Tony Llerena Photography/courtesy of Maine Maritime Academy

Castine—Junior Brendan Newcomb, captain of the Maine Maritime Academy Men’s Basketball team, has been selected as a nominee for the 2017 Allstate NABC Good Works Team.

The Allstate NABC Good Works Team recognizes players at all levels of college basketball whose charitable involvement and altruistic acts stand out amongst all other student-athletes participating in the sport.

“Brendan Newcomb is one of the most well-rounded and mature student-athletes I’ve had the opportunity to coach in 12 years, four different institutions and three states,” said Maine Maritime Academy Head Coach David Muchnick, “He is extremely selfless with his time to many different community and charitable endeavors, and is well-liked by just about everyone he encounters, regardless of the setting or circumstance.”

Newcomb, the only representative from the North Atlantic Conference and Maine, joins 180 men’s basketball players from around the country and is the Mariners’ third-consecutive NABC Good Works Team nominee.

“Brendan is not just one of our best players, or one of our most accomplished students; he is a genuinely special individual that is incredibly deserving of this recognition by Allstate Insurance Company and the National Association of Basketball Coaches,” Muchnick added.

The Holden native volunteers his time with Special Olympics, and as a coach for local youth basketball teams. Last season, Newcomb was instrumental in guiding the Maine Maritime Academy basketball program’s inaugural involvement with the Autism Speaks initiative, and he volunteers his time as a student-mentor to a local elementary student with special needs.

As a member of the men’s basketball program, Newcomb participated in fundraising efforts and an awareness game for the American Cancer Society and joined team members in volunteering at the sixth Annual Touch-A-Truck Event benefiting Camp CaPella.

Two special voting panels will select 10-member teams from both the NABC and WBCA, comprising five student-athletes from the NCAA Division I level and five student-athletes from Divisions II, III and the NAIA. The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.

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