FSU player rewarded for off-field efforts

By: Erika Fernandez | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 1, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida State tight end Mavin Saunders took home some hardware for his hard work off the field on Wednesday.

Saunders was surprised during a visit to Riley Elementary School, where he was helping kids with their homework. He's been helping students at Riley Elementary for two years.

Allstate surprised Saunders with a trophy, and gave back to the students at Riley by donating books and FSU gear.

Saunders was shocked to receive the award, and said he gives back to the kids because it's important to lay a good foundation for the younger generation.

"It's helping with their grades, it's helping with their social life," Saunders said. "I'm a guy of service so if I can make an impact in the community positively, then I'm going to continue to do it. I'll find the time to do it."

Saunders is one of only 22 college football players across the country to be named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works team.

When Saunders was presented with the award, he was helping out a student with a math problem. When things settled down and everyone left, he went right back to helping that student finish his work.

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