GW Junior John Kopriva Nominated for NABC Allstate Good Works Team
Men's Basketball Co-Captain Performs Good Deeds On and Off the Court
Dec. 6, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - GW men's basketball junior John Kopriva has been nominated for the 2014 Allstate Good Works Team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Kopriva is among 73 nominees from NCAA Division I programs.
A team co-captain on the GW men's basketball team for two years, Kopriva's leadership extends off the floor into the Metropolitan D.C. community. Among many activities in which the campus and community leader has demonstrated his passion for helping others, in the spring of 2013 he spearheaded Lemonade Day DC, an experiential learning program that taught areas youth how to start, own and operate their own business - in this case, a lemonade stand. He led more than 30 GW student-athletes' participation with Lemonade Day - first by coordinating multiple visits to Northwest D.C.'s Paul Charter School to teach 6th and 7th-graders an entrepreneurial business plan. On Lemonade Day DC on April 14, those middle school students put the skills learned over a month of instruction into action by launching their own businesses at lemonade stands on the GW campus and throughout the district.
Kopriva's long list of community service efforts also includes serving as Team Logistics Coordinator for the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) hosted at GW in 2012; the university's Freshman Day of Service and MLK Day of Service; volunteering at the St. Mary's Court Elderly Home near the GW campus; and participating in basketball clinics for USA Basketball's Hoops for Troops, as well as on U.S. military installations NSA Naples and Camp Darby as part of GW Basketball's Summer 2012 tour of Italy.
A member of the university's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as well as a participant in GW's student-athlete Leadership Academy, the 6-8 forward from Milwaukee, Wis., aspires for a career beyond basketball as an orthopedic surgeon after graduation. Last year Kopriva earned an Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for being in the top two percent of GPA in his pre-med/chemistry curriculum.
A two-sport scholastic star who excelled on the gridiron as well, it comes as no surprise that Kopriva's versatility both in life and in athletics has him nominated for this prestigious award while co-captaining a program off to its best start since 2005-06.