USC’s own Kyle Negrete has been honored Tuesday for his extensive volunteer and service work off the field and will represent the Trojans as a part of the All-State AFCA 2012 Good Works Team. Negrete is one of only 22 players given this prestigious honor, being selected to the team from a total 117 nominees that were announced in July.
In his time at USC, Negrete has traveled to Nigeria doing service work, and was a part of the team-wide trip to Haiti spearheaded by Matt Barkley and his family. While there, a number of Trojans built homes and brought much-needed supplies to people living in areas that were ravished by the 2008 Port-Au-Prince earthquake. When he attended the University of San Diego, he helped create the “Best Buddies” program, one that linked members of the football team with an autistic child from an organization called Autism Tree Project Foundation. Though he is no longer at USD Negrete has maintained a relationship with his buddy, an autistic boy named Joel Anderson. He speaks with Joel several times a week and will often take him to Disneyland. Negrete is planning to attend an international conference on autism in Canada this year with the Anderson family where his buddy Joel, a talented artist, has been invited to speak.
Trojan fans that want to see Kyle Negrete captain the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® can vote for him by visiting ESPN.com and searching “Good Works.” The Team Captain and the entire 2012 Good Works Team will then go to New Orleans to take part in a special youth football clinic leading up to the 2013 Allstate® Sugar Bowl®.