|By Scott Elliott|
Greening and nine other recipients from all levels of college basketball will be recognized for their impressive commitment to bettering communities all over the world and positively impacting the lives of those around them. The ceremony will take place during the under 12-minute timeout of the first half of the second national semifinal between Oregon and North Carolina. The game is scheduled to tip at approximately 8:49 p.m. EST.
Greening was selected from a record 181 nominations across the country by a voting panel headlined by former seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill and current two-time WNBA All-Star Skylar Diggins.
Off the court, he has volunteered with Special Olympics; the American Red Cross; Read Across America, a program in which volunteers read to elementary students; and the Mountain Lion Backpack program, helping provide lunches for students who are unable to afford their own. The Fredericksburg, Virginia, native is an Eagle Scout and has also worked in his local community labeling storm drains to prevent dumping of toxic waste that flows to the Rappahannock River.
Additionally, Greening has worked at numerous basketball camps, including free clinics for young athletes who are unable to attend paid elite camps.
In the classroom, he maintains a 3.5 GPA as a dual-major in history/political science and social studies education and is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, the student-athlete honor society, and Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society.
He was a named a HERO Sports second-team All-American after leading the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference in scoring and rebounding for the second straight season and ranking among the national Division III leaders in double-doubles and rebounds per game.
In addition to being honored on the court, Greening and members of the 2017 Allstate NABC Good Works Team® led a free basketball clinic for children with former two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash.