OU football: Chanse Sylvie named to Allstate AFCA Good Works Team
NORMAN — OU senior cornerback Chanse Sylvie was named to the 2020 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, the groups announced Wednesday.
Sylvie took a prominent role this summer in social justice issues, developing a plan for police reform in the wake of the shootings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others that once again brought the issue into the spotlight and led to protests around the country.
Sylvie met with Oklahoma state representatives and officials from the Norman Police Department and the city of Norman to discuss his plan.
Sylvie, a 2018 political science graduate, also established the One Mindset Foundation in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana. The foundation is focused on empowering the betterment of the community. The mayor of Shreveport selected Sylvie to serve on the city's young adult action committee.
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He's also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. As part of that, he's visited patients at OU Children's Hospital and participated in the hospital's prom and the Art With a Heart art show. He's also volunteered with the J.D. McCarty Center for children with developmental disabilities, visited the Norman veteran's center and spoken at area middle schools. As a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, he has organized presentations focused on mental health, sexual assault and police relations and helped organize mentorships and events to feed homeless in the area.
Sylvie is one of 22 players selected for the Good Works team, and one of three from the Big 12. Players are selected for their "extraordinary commitment to making a lasting impact off the field."
Sylvie has played in 39 career games and been credited with 26 total tackles, including one in this year's opener against Missouri State. He played in 12 games last season, with five solo tackles on special teams. He earned Big 12 All-Academic first-team honors in 2017.
He's the sixth Sooners football player named to the AFC Good Works Team. Caleb Kelly was the most recent, in 2018. Others were Jacob Gutierrez (2006), Nic Harris (2007), Gerald McCoy (2008) and Quinton Carter (2010).
Other Big 12 players on this year's team included Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard and Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger. West Virginia's Neal Brown is the team's honorary head coach.
Fans can go to ESPN.com/Allstate to vote for the team's captain through Nov. 22.