2020 IFCA Good Works Team
The initial IFCA Good Works Team. This is a team we feel strongly about and are proud to recognize. The individuals and team being recognized are servant leaders in their communities. A huge thanks to Coach Gilbert on spearheading the efforts to recognize these individuals and teams.
The Indiana Football Coaches Associate is excited to announce the formation of a Good Works Team to recognize players, groups, and entire teams who have committed themselves to serving others. All nominees have served in an extraordinary way and are tremendous representatives of the power of football to make a difference in our communities.
Anthony Hentz – Scecina High School – Anthony is constantly helping others. He works during the summer at school to set up all student and staff computers for the upcoming school year and fixes and trouble shoots all devices throughout the year. Anthony serves as a volunteer at the local food pantry two hours a week serving food and stocking shelves. He also volunteers weekly at a soup kitchen washing dishes, serving food, setting up, and cleaning up. Anthony is a member of Scecina’s Liturgy club and sets up and tears down all school liturgical services. Anthony does all of us while earning a 4.3 gpa, playing varsity soccer, and performing as an all-conference and all-city football player.
Center Grove Football Team – The Center Grove Trojans football team members served as one day camp mentors for handicapped children as a part of Camp Ability. Campers were bussed to the Center Grove High school football field and were greeted with a tunnel of high 5’s. All campers were given free jerseys to keep, along with mini footballs and other goodies. Each camper’s name was announced on the PA while they ran through the Trojan tunnel onto the field for water games, tackle dummies, wagon pulling, trike rides, and all kinds of ball contests.
Goshen Football Team – The Goshen football team, in conjunction with the Goshen softball team, is raising money this holiday season to feed families in their community. All players are soliciting donations and shopping for food to box up and deliver to needy families in Goshen. Over 25 families will be fed from this extraordinary service.
Harrison High School Senior Leadership & Character Development Team –Leadership & Character Development Team Coach Tracy Brown oversaw the following Seniors for 2020: John Franks, Hunter Ferguson, David Ramirez, Jack Murray, Conor Munn, Zion King, Marcel Atisso, Andrew Schafer, Austin Tyson. The Senior Leadership Team coordinated several service events in 2020 including: the Electronic-Waste Recycling Day, the Memorial Day Weekend Flag Placement, the Indianapolis Colts/Indiana Blood Center Leadership Challenge, the CASA Cycling Challenge to raise money for neglected and abused children, and moving the offices of local housing service Homestead CS across town. Additionally, these Seniors participated in the Habitudes and Inside/Out Coaching Initiatives.
Mater Dei Football Team – Members of the Mater Dei Wildcat Football team joined forces with the USI Women’s Basketball team to give a landscaping upgrade to the local YWCA, temporary housing for single mothers and their young children. The Wildcats spent the day removing and cleaning overgrown shrubs, bushes, weeds, etc. The players then trimmed bushes and trees, planted new bushes and flowers and then mulched the entire entrance and around the building. The resulting improvements were much appreciated and made the YWCA more attractive and welcoming to the residents.
Will Strahm – Westfield High School – Will serves his community in a variety of ways while seeking no recognition. In 2020, Will built a wheelchair accessible ramp for a woman with ALS, organized and sanitized a preschool and all of their toys, planted a garden at a local church, and packed summer lunches for a local elementary school. Will continuously volunteers at his church, serves on mission trips, and teaches Vacation Bible School. Local non-profits like Student Impact, Westfield Rotary Club, Westfield Youth Assistance Program, and Open Doors Food Pantry have counted on Will to volunteer for a multitude of projects. Will has filled sand bags for flood relief, made Christmas presents for the Salvation Army, and delivered turkeys on Thanksgiving. He routinely volunteers to coach younger kids at Westfield Rock School. Will is an amazing servant.