INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Senior Brebeuf football player Eddie Barks is the ultimate team player, not only on the gridiron, but in every aspect of his life.
He gives back to the Indianapolis community in a variety of ways. Most recently, he helped organize the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Games at Brebeuf for over 2,200 Special Olympic athletes who participated in football, volleyball and a cross country race.
“Most kids get a little overwhelmed by just school and a sport. So for him to do all this other stuff is pretty amazing,” said Brebeuf head football coach Mic Roessler.
“I know I love playing here on Friday nights, hearing everybody cheer, and so if I can give them a sense of that same environment, I guess that would be pretty special for me,” said Eddie.
He also organized a sporting goods drive at Brebeuf this year that gave bats, balls and a variety of other equipment that went to underprivileged youth in the area.
“Where I played sports growing up, we had a lot of the things that were the really old bats and things like that, but just playing the sport meant so much to me,” said Eddie. “It really made me who I was and the person I am today. So any contribution that could help would really change a kids life forever.“
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