Thomson Named WBCA, Allstate Good Works Nominee

MANHATTAN, Kan. – In an announcement by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company on Wednesday morning, Kansas State redshirt junior guard Kelly Thomson was announced as a nominee for the 2016 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team. The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service.

Thomson is one of 103 women’s basketball student-athletes from across NCAA Division I, II, III and the NAIA to be recognized as a nominee. From the 103 WBCA nominees submitted by sports information directors and college basketball coaches across the nation on behalf of their schools, special voting panels will select a 10-member team comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA® Division I level and five student-athletes from NCAA® Divisions II, III and the NAIA. The final roster of 10 award recipients will be unveiled in February.

“The Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® is a nationally recognized award that continues to honor an impressive group of student-athletes who strive to better our society through service efforts.  The WBCA family of coaches celebrates all the women’s and men’s basketball student-athletes who demonstrate a respect for the power of sports coupled with the responsibility to give back to others,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “The WBCA is proud to partner with Allstate and commends the recognition of these remarkable student-athletes for their significant humanitarian contributions.”

Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® will be recognized during the 2016 WBCA Convention and at the 2016 NCAA® Women’s Final Four® in Indianapolis, and will also participate in a local volunteer project. Allstate is an official corporate partner of the NABC, WBCA and NCAA.

A guard from Riley, Kansas, Thomson has battled through a pair of season-ending knee injuries to contribute to the Wildcat lineup. In the classroom, she has recorded a cumulative 4.0 grade point average in nutrition and health/nutritional services and is a four-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll recipient and garnered 2014 Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors.

She also has been a dedicated participant on the K-State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Thomson currently serves as the vice president of the organization after serving as the Community Outreach Chair in 2014-15. Through SAAC, Thomson has been a part of a number of community outreach programs including: Cats for Cans, Adopt a Family gift giving, Special Olympics clinics and camps, Walk to Cure Arthritis and Cats in the Classroom.

At the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, Thomson garnered a pair of team honors as she was named the inaugural recipient of the First Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade Tammie Romstad Durable Award and the Pat Bosco Academic Award.

Earlier this season, Thomson was selected as a recipient of the Haier Achievement Award (Link) from Haier Electronics and the College Sports Information Directors Assocation (CoSIDA). Thomson is averaging 2.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in 7.4 minutes off the bench for the Wildcats this season.

K-State returns to action to host UT Arlington on Thursday at 7 p.m. For tickets, contact the K-State Athletics ticket office at (800) 221-CATS or at kstatesports.com/tickets. The game will also be broadcast on FCS Central and K-StateHD.TV and the K-State Sports Network.