Barkley, teammates prepare for Haiti trip 

April, 4, 2012
USC quarterback Matt Barkley is set to make a Heisman run this fall. But before that takes place, he’ll make a humanitarian run this spring, as he -- along with his family and 15 USC teammates -- will travel to Haiti on May 14 as part of Hope Force International. The group will spend five days building houses and transporting more than 2,000 pounds of supplies for orphanages and schools to help in Haiti’s ongoing recovery from a catastrophic earthquake in 2010.

The group will include Barkley, Dion Bailey, Luke Freeman, Kevin Greene, Cyrus Hobbi, Khaled Holmes, Devon Kennard, Cody Kessler, T.J. McDonald, Kyle Negrete, Hayes Pullard, Nickell Robey, Josh Shaw, Scott Starr, Max Wittek and Robert Woods. This will be Barkley’s second trip of this kind, as he and his family -- along with Negrete --spent 11 days in Jos, Nigeria, in December 2010, delivering supplies, toys and hygiene kits to the community.

Barkley’s father, Les, traveled to Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, which established some contacts and made it the choice when it came time to pick a location.