LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior guard Max Godby has been named the Southeastern Conference Football Community Service Team Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
In an athletics department that emphasizes community service, Godby is one of the most hard-working and giving student-athletes Kentucky has ever seen. During his time as a Wildcat he has been very active in the community with hundreds of service hours.
Among his activities are:
• Created and developed a project with the help of Catholic Action Center, called Bucks for Backpacks, which provided 150 homeless men and women in Lexington with a backpack filled with items essential for survival and dignity. Godby made phone calls to ask for donations for the backpacks and items placed inside, packed the backpacks and distributed them to the homeless.
• Participates in numerous events for the UK Christian Student Fellowship and Fellowship of Christian Athletes
• Mentor and member of leadership team of the UK sector of Athletes in Action
• Has done speaking and/or service events at Birmingham Children's Hospital, Veterans Hospital, Fayette County "Walk a Child to School" event volunteer, Franklin County High School, Bracken County High School, Bullitt East High School, Rosa Parks Elementary, Lexington Christian Academy, Christian Academy of Louisville, Athletes in Action, Salvation Army, Lakewood Baptist, Turning Point Church, Centenary Church, the All-A Classic Soccer Tournament, Chapel Bible study, Consolidated Baptist Church, FCA/AAU Basketball Tournament, Lindsey Wilson College, Special Olympics, UK Athletics Back-to-School Picnic, UK Women's Football Clinic, middle school track meet, middle school powerlifting camp, UK Children’s Hospital and Beaumont Middle School
• Co-led a UK student-athlete effort to provide tornado relief for the city of Joplin, Mo., and the Haiti Food Drive
• Volunteered for Big Blue U, helping UK freshmen move in their dorms
• Volunteered to pack and deliver food for God's Pantry BackPack Program, while also staying to interact with the children at the school
In addition to his community service, Godby has numerous other awards and activities:
• Three-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll
• UK Athletics Society of Character, which honors Wildcats who have shown extraordinary commitment to academic excellence, athletic participation, personal development, career preparation and serving as a role model
• Chosen as a teacher's assistant for UK's College of Communication in the fall of 2013 where he not only helped grade tests and homework but acted as a mentor for more than 60 students
• Serves as both the SEC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative and UK's football SAAC representative where he is responsible for setting up team study hall hours, coordinating team community service activities and serving as a liaison between the team and the UK Athletics Department
• Nominee for the 2014 AllState AFCA National Good Work Team
On the field, Godby came to UK as a walk-on in 2010 and was awarded a full scholarship last year by Coach Mark Stoops. He is a reserve offensive guard and also plays on special teams.