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Posted: Friday, July 27, 2012 4:00 am | Updated: 10:16 am, Fri Jul 27, 2012.

When University of Arizona linebacker Jake Fischer isn’t on the field sacking quarterbacks or tackling running backs, the 2009 Ironwood Ridge graduate might be found off the field diving into community service.

The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Wildcats’ linebacker was recently nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, one of college football’s most prestigious off-the-field honors, for his involvement in making a difference in his community.

Fischer, a junior on the field and senior in the classroom,  said he is honored to be nominated for the award, and couldn’t help but include his teammates in the recognition.

“I love our team because somebody is always looking to set something up in the community, and we all help each other out” he said. “We are blessed with this exposure, and we are blessed to be here. Giving back to the community is something we will continue to do.”

Some of Fischer’s community service accomplishments include: assisting with Special Olympics competitions, completing yard work for elderly low-income residents, working at the Community Food Bank, buffelgrass cleanup, and visiting sick children in local hospitals.

Fischer said the team is soon planning another trip to the University of Arizona’s Diamond Children’s Hospital, where they meet and greet patients, and give away Wildcats souvenirs and gear.

“The kids really seem to enjoy it,” he said. “Some of them will come up and give us hugs, which is pretty cool. The school always gives us more to give away than there are rooms to visit, so kids are able to get a lot of cool stuff. It’s really an awesome experience.”

Kathy Mabe, president of Allstate’s west regions’ and a member of the 2012 Good Works Team voting panel, said this year’s nominees have gone above and beyond years past.

“The nominees have some of the most impressive community service resumes in the program’s 21-year history,” she said. “These young men continue to raise the bar for the impact that student athletes can have on others, and are an inspiration to Allstate, our agents, and our employees.”

Of the 117 nominees for the award, a selection panel will choose two 11-player Good Works Teams to be announced in September. The two teams will be divided into Division IA, and the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and NAIA. Sports information directors nominate student athletes across the nation on behalf of their schools.

Molly O’Mara, associate director of communication services for University of Arizona athletics, said Fischer is representative of what every student-athlete should be.

“From the field, to the classroom, to the community, he has such a great impact,” she said. “He is great with people, with media, with professors, with kids. It’s encouraging to see, and he is such a great example for his teammates.”

Fischer said making the final selection would be a unique experience, but added that his desire to give back to the community isn’t merely to win an award.

“I’m not competing with others just to see who can go out and do the most community service,” he said. “I grew up here, and I love doing what I can to give back to the place I grew up. The kids and our community come first. If everyone could give back, it would make our community that much better.”

Past recipients of the Allstate Good Works Team include Super Bowl champion quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning.

Fischer is expected to return to the field this year after suffering a spring ball knee injury in 2011. In 2010, Fischer finished the season with 58 tackles, two sacks, and a fumble recovery in 13 games.

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Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

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Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

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Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

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