Rob Anderson Recognized at Final Four, Participates in Community Service Project

Rob Anderson Recognized at Final Four, Participates in Community Service Project

INDIANAPOLIS (Apr. 8, 2015) - Caltech men's basketball junior Rob Anderson (Orono, Minn. / Orono) was recognized at the 2015 NCAA Men's Final Four during a media timeout of the Kentucky-Wisconsin semifinal as a member of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team.

Anderson was named to the Allstate NABC Good Works Team on Feb. 10 and recently featured in a front-page story at and another on ABC7 KABC.  In its third year, the distinguished community service award honors student-athletes for their off-the-court achievements, paying tribute to college basketball players at all levels for their impressive commitment to giving back to their communities and positively impacting the lives of those around them.

"I was honored to represent Caltech Athletics, Division III and student-athletes everywhere as a member of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team at the Men's Final Four," Anderson beamed.  "When I met the other members of the team, we instantly knew we would make connections for life over the weekend.  We were able to attend the final three games of the tournament and were recognized during the second Final Four game as well as at the NABC Guardians of the Game awards show, where Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky was presented the Naismith Trophy as Division I's best player.  This was all an incredible honor and honestly, a bit anxiety-provoking to be on national television and representing everyone at Caltech, but the biggest takeaway was learning the amazing things the other members of the Good Works Team have done in their communities and developing those connections with other players."

   One of 10 student-athletes - five from Division I and five from Divisions II 
   and III and the NAIA - Anderson, a mechanical engineering and business, 
   economics and management double major, was selected based on his work
   researching and designing sustainability projects over the past several years.

   "Rob returned with a glow - I could tell he was still thriving from the 
   weekend," Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger said.  "The experience was 
   unforgettable. He had a tight schedule and met so many people and 
   welcomed all of it. To see him smiling in his Caltech uniform on national 
   television was quite the adrenaline rush. What's important to understand is 
   that he represents an elite community of students and academics that are at
   the forefront of what they do. We are fortunate to have Rob touting our 
   uniqueness on one of the grandest stages in all of sports. A big thanks to the 
   NABC and Allstate for putting this together."

   Earlier in the day, Anderson and his new teammates hosted a free basketball 
   clinic for Special Olympics Indiana at SportZone in Indianapolis along with 
   Michigan State University legend and former NBA player Mateen Cleaves.  A
   three-time All-American and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, Cleaves 
   was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player in 2000, when he led MSU to the national title.  Anderson and the rest of the Good Works Team helped to coach Special Olympics participants through various basketball drills and activities during the clinic, bringing together their love for the sport as well as giving back. 

"We helped coach 80 thrilled and engaged boys and girls from Special Olympics Indiana, teaching them fundamental skills in dribbling, shooting and defense and coaching them in games afterward," Anderson said.  "It was a great opportunity to see what immediate impact we could make on these kids in just a few hours, and I am already hoping to bring more events like this to the Pasadena area with the help of our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.   Attending these events and talking with basketball legends Dick Vitale, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery and Mateen Cleaves, and hearing the different tales of leadership and hard work from the seniors on the Good Works Team, has given me additional drive as I head into my senior year of basketball.  I will definitely take these experiences with me, both next year and into the rest of my life, to hopefully continue to make a positive impact in my community."




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