By Chris Fox LOMBARDIAN-VILLA PARK REVIEW STAFF REPORTER
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 service. 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— Buddy. “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 activities. 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 coach. 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 Center. “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 time. “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 surprised.” 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 Foundation. 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.