Jaran Roste, originally from Alexandria, was recently one of 22 soccer players from all divisions of college football to be named to the Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good work team for the effort he makes off the field.
Rosté is a senior quarterback at Division III Bethel University in St. Paul. He was one of 109 applicants from colleges and universities across the country. The Good Works team consists of 11 members selected from the NCAA Division I FBS programs and 11 members from all other NCAA divisions – FCS, Division II, Division III and NAIA.
The Allstate AFCA Good Works team was established in 1992 by the College Football Association to recognize the extra efforts of players and staff off the field. The AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor players who go the extra mile for those in need. Allstate became the presenting sponsor in 2008.
Roste is a Dean’s List Laureate at Bethel, where he has a GPA of 3.51 in social science education from 5 to 12 with specializations in business and political science.
Since arriving at Bethel, Roste has devoted more than 500 hours of community service. These efforts include investing considerable time in the school’s BUILD program as a housing and student mentor. Roste’s involvement through the BUILD program includes living in the same residence with students with intellectual disabilities to help them develop life skills and in the transition to independent living.
Roste volunteered as a tax preparer for low income families and worked with students who are six months or more behind in reading. He did one-on-one tutoring twice a week as part of a structured program, while also being involved with organizations such as Feed My Starving Children, Special Olympics MN, and the Salvation Army.
“Every year the Allstate AFCA Good Works team embodies the best of varsity athletics,” said Emmanuel Acho, former NFL linebacker, television analyst and 2011 Good Works alumnus, in a statement. press release announcing the 2021 winners. “These players are having a positive impact on society. Being named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works team is an honor.
Fans can vote for the Allstate AFCA Good Works 2021 team captain once a day through November 22 by going to www.ESPN.com/Allstate.
This is the ninth consecutive year that a member of the Bethel football team has been selected for this honor. The Royals had 15 players in total named to the Good Works squad. This ties them to the University of Nebraska ranking third among all schools behind Georgia (21) and Kentucky (17).