Monday, March 25, 2013
USC honors Barkley with service position
By Garry Paskwietz
Matt Barkley will be remembered at USC in many ways and, thanks to a large donation in his name, that will now include the development of a community services program in the athletic department.
Matt Barkley, shown signing autographs in 2012, was honored with the university creating a full-time community services position bearing his name.
The university announced on Monday that a $5 million gift has been made to the USC athletic department by the Otis Booth Foundation in Barkley’s name to create a full-time community services position, which will be known as the "Matt Barkley Community Service Coordinator."
The community programs for the new position will primarily revolve around USC student-athletes' volunteer work with elementary school kids in the neighborhoods surrounding the university.
"I am honored that USC's new community service coordinator position will carry my name," Barkley said. "Community service and my faith are very important to me. As Trojan student-athletes, we are fortunate not only for the great opportunities we have at USC, but for the opportunities we have to help those less fortunate and to share with aspiring children our stories of effort, determination and perseverance on the field and in the classroom."
Barkley gained a lot of attention during his USC career for mission trips that he took with his family to Africa and Haiti. The Haiti trip last spring included 15 USC teammates. He also won the Wuerffel Trophy in 2012, which recognizes the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.