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Surprise! Glenbard East senior wins a new Jeep

Soccer standout honored for her volunteer efforts

By Chris Fox

Glenbard East senior Faith Davies
received quite a surprise last week.
One day after committing to attend
the University of Illinois-Chicago,
the soccer standout visited her high
school to talk to the incoming freshmen
about the importance of volunteerism.
As the incoming freshmen ate
lunch in the fieldhouse, Davies anticipated
that Glenbard East girls soccer
coach Kent Overbey would receive
some kind of recognition for his role
in the PepsiCo Showdown, an annual
spring tournament featuring nearly
100 high school girls teams. The
Rams take part in the event, which
stresses the importance of community
Joe Trost, the managing director
of the PepsiCo Showdown, spoke
briefly to the assembled crowd. Trost,
who presented a $450 check to the
school’s athletic program, then called
up Davies and three of her teammates
to recognize them for their volunteer
work. Trost presented each of the
girls with their choice of a gift—either
Cubs tickets or B96 Jingle Bash
concert tickets. Moments later, as he
was asking the girls how they would
commute to either of the events, Davies
learned of the day’s big surprise.
She had won a new vehicle.
Davies was shocked to learn she
had won a new 2017 Jeep Compass
Sport vehicle, awarded in partnership
with Zeigler Chrysler Dodge Jeep
RAM of Schaumburg. One of those
vehicles was sitting just outside of one
of the fieldhouse’s open doors.
Davies won the Jeep Compass
through the PepsiCo Showdown’s
Making a Difference On AND Off
the Field campaign. The tournament’s
charitable arm is Buddy’s HELPERS—
named after Trost’s dog—
“Everybody needs a buddy, and
everybody needs help,” said Trost.
“I thought we were surprising
Coach Overbey for everything he’s
done,” said Davies, who was still in
shock a few minutes after the presentation.
While she didn’t know she would
win a vehicle, Davies did think something
was up before the surprise. She
noticed her family and her club coach
in the audience.
“I looked over and saw them and
thought something was going on,” she
said. “They wouldn’t be here if I was
just talking to the freshmen.”
According to information provided
by the PepsiCo Showdown, Davies
won the Jeep after she was randomly
selected from a pool of more than 100
Chicago-area high school student entries.
The students were asked to write
a brief description of their charitable
Davies, who turns 17 on Aug. 24,
has been involved with Project Linus,
which provides blankets to children
with cancer. She also visited and spent
time with seniors at Parkview Retirement
Home. Additionally, she has
read to kindergartners, built gardens
as part of the Garden Works Project
and served as a volunteer soccer
Davies has also given her time to
the Outreach House of Lombard, Feed
My Starving Children and Blessings
in a Backpack. This spring, she collected
and delivered toys and clothing
to the Chicago Children’s Advocacy
“It’s fun for me,” said Davies of
her charitable projects. “It comes from
pretty much everywhere. My parents
encourage it. My coaches encourage
it. This [PepsiCo Showdown] tournament
gave me more opportunities for
it. It’s a really good feeling to feel that
you’ve done something for someone,
and made an impact on their life.”
Overbey learned Davies had won
the Jeep back in May, at the end of
Glenbard East’s school year. There
wasn’t an available day to schedule
a surprise in front of students at that
“This was the first good opportunity,”
said Overbey at the end of the
lunch for incoming freshmen. “We
were able to keep it under wraps. You
could see it on her face. She was truly
Overbey noted that Davies is one
of several members of the Glenbard
East girls soccer program who
are involved in charitable activities.
Three of the team’s other standout
volunteers—junior Sam Johnson
and seniors Alyse Donato and Ali
Liljestrand—joined Davies to accept
the tournament’s $450 check to the
school’s athletic department.

Rams and Warriors invite the public to
attend Friday night’s athletic scrimmages

Glenbard East will hold its second annual Red and
Black Athletic Community Night on Friday, Aug. 18.
The community is invited to attend the event, which
will feature scrimmages by the Rams’ fall athletic
teams. The first scrimmages will begin at 4:30 p.m.
The varsity football team scrimmage will start at
about 6:15 p.m. The Glenbard East band will play the
national anthem and the school’s Red and Black Song
before the varsity football scrimmage.
Willowbrook will hold its second annual
Community Night on Aug. 18. Admission is free
to the event, which will include a showcase of
the school’s fall athletic teams and extracurricular
activities. The showcase will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Donations will be accepted for the District 88
Friday night’s event at Willowbrook will include a
scrimmage by the boys soccer team, a scrimmage by
the football team and performances by the marching
band, color guard, cheerleaders and pom squad.