A story of boys becoming men. It’s proof that after the heat of a hard fought game to claim a state championship, young men did the right thing.
The EVSC Board revealed players and fans of Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger came together to help two members of the Evansville Central Bears football team who had been touched by homelessness.
You may recall that game between Central and Bishop Dwenger at Lucas Oil Stadium. Dwenger won after four overtimes.
After the game Bishop Dwenger Coach Jason Garrett learned about what these young athletes at Central had been going through as the season wore on.
That’s when the Bishop Dwenger community came together and raised donations that ended with thousand dollar scholarships to the Central players.
“It just struck a compassionate nerve–I said we gotta do something to help out–a young player Tavion McGary who won the Phil Eskew Mental Attitude award offered half of his scholarship given by the IHSAA and we were able to rally through the school and the rest of our Dwenger family– we were able to provide thousand dollar scholarships for each of those guys sent to the school in their name on how to help the needs of those two young men in particular.”
One footnote on all of this, Bishop Dwenger was invited to be recognized during half-time at the Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants game in December.
The team extended the invitation to the two Central players who had been through so much to stand with them.
The Evansville players could not make that game, but in many ways, they were in the hearts of those they competed against on that very field in November.