Published: July 15, 2014
The good work that Broam Hart has done at Air Force is well documented, and resulted in the fullback's nomination Tuesday for the Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team.
Much of the rest, however, flies under the radar.
For example, Hart befriended an elderly man through his membership at Pikes Peak Church of Christ. The man was a big Air Force football supporter and would talk at length on the subject with Hart.
When the man was accepted into hospice care, Hart and his girlfriend visited him.
When the man died, Hart spoke at his funeral. After that, he showed up with his truck and helped the man's daughter move into his home.
The only reason anybody knew about this was because the man, Herb Adams, was the grandfather of Adam Parker, who is a producer with FalconVision in the Air Force athletics office.
"It's just my Christian duty to help people out," Hart said. "I don't feel like I need recognition for that. He was just my friend. I liked him a lot. God rest his soul."
Such compassion seems to be the norm for Hart. He has volunteered at the Marion House in Colorado Springs, serving meals to the homeless. He has helped with cleanup efforts at the Waldo Canyon burn site. He has been a presence at local schools, reading to classes and serving as a speaker at career day.
At Air Force, he has helped to film the Cadet-Athletes Against Sexual Violence video, serves on the football team's leadership council and was a key figure in leading the team as it participated in an accelerated training program against sexual violence.
He has served as a preacher at West Mansfield Church in his hometown of Alvarado, Texas, and is a Sunday school teacher at Pikes Peak Church of Christ.
The body of good works resulted in Hart being one of a record 182 nominees nationwide for the Good Works Team, which for 23 years has recognized players for charitable involvement and community service.
A panel, which includes ESPN's Lou Holtz and Kirk Herbstreit and former BYU coach LaVell Edwards, will choose 11 team members from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 from the smaller classifications. Fans will vote on the team's captain.
Hart is Air Force's top returning rusher, having gained 469 yards with six touchdowns in 2013.