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Barkley's Name to Serve On

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During his distinguished four year career at USC, Matt Barkley earned a reputation as a selfless community leader, which will be his enduring legacy at Troy.  To ensure that, the Otis Booth Foundation gave a $5 million gift to the USC Athletic Department to endow a community service program and create a full-time position which will be known as the "Matt Barkley Community Service Coordinator."

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The community programs will center around USC student-athletes' volunteer work with elementary school kids in the neighborhoods around the university.  In the last three years alone, USC's 650-plus student-athletes have collectively completed more than 8,000 hours of community service, volunteering with a variety of organizations, including Marathon for Kids, Swim With Mike, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, South Central Community Center, Best Buddies and Skid Row homeless shelters, in addition to several elementary schools in south central Los Angeles.

USC's Charles Griffin Cale Director of Athletics' Chair Pat Haden: "We are honored that the board of the Otis Booth Foundation thinks highly enough of the efforts of our student-athletes that they would endow our entire community service program. This gift will allow us to continue our work in our surrounding community while enriching not just our neighborhood, but our student-athletes as well. We get as much as we give."

As Barkley now transitions to the NFL, he is mindful of his Trojan legacy which includes philanthropic trips to Nigeria, South Africa and Haiti.  He also won the Wuerffel Trophy which recognizes the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.

"I am honored that USC's new community service coordinator position will carry my name," said Barkley, USC football's first ever three-time captain. "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."

(Photo by John McGillen)

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Outstanding! When you leave this earth, you can not take a football with you, but you can take
the legacy of Troy. FIGHT ON!

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