5K run honors former football player on Senior Day

By Max Bomber
maxwell.bomber@franklincollege.edu

A 5K run in memory of a former Grizzly will kick off the football team’s Senior Day activities tomorrow.

The run is dedicated to former teammate Wesley Shambaugh, who passed away last year at the age of 23.

“The guys will be there to support the Shambaugh family,” senior Austin Carlton said. “I was pretty close with Wes. He kind of took me in and we became friends pretty quickly. He was more than just a part of the team. Wes was part of the Griz family.”

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“I think some valuable lessons can be taken from Wes, and I think the 5K will be a great way to remember him and his positive mindset,” senior Mason Deal said.

At 9 a.m. the team will unveil a picture that will hang in the student center by the information desks next to an automated external defibrillator (AED). This device is used to treat sudden cardiac arrests and was purchased in memory of Shambaugh, who died as a result of an undetected heart problem.

Shambaugh was an only child whose father passed away about five years before he did. His mother gave donations from Shambaugh’s death to Franklin College’s football program.

“We are humbled but we wanted to do something with the money to honor him,” Head Coach Mike Leonard said.

Offensive Coordinator Matt Theobald proposed the idea of purchasing the AED.

Shambaugh grew up across the street from the parents of Leonard’s wife, so Leonard knew him since he was five years old.
“Wes was a great guy, a friend to everybody, and he had an unbelievable personality,” Leonard said.

After the 5K, senior cheerleaders and football players will be recognized on the field at 1:15PM.

“It should be a great day seeing the guys that have stuck with it for four years and getting a chance to have them all lined up on the field,” Leonard said.

Nine seniors remain after the original group of 55 began in 2012.

Deal transferred from Wittenberg University in Ohio to Franklin during the spring semester of his freshman year.

“Franklin College is much more of an optimistic school in my point of view,” Deal said. “I’m glad I decided to transfer.  I learned valuable lessons about myself in the process.”

Carlton said he thinks Senior Day gives the players a chance to get recognized for all their hard work over the four years, but dislikes the fact that it could be his last game played at Faught Stadium.

“It’s scary and nerve-wracking, but it is a faceless opponent,” Carlton said. “We are going to go out there and do our best and improve on our mistakes.”

Registration for the 5K starts at 9:30 a.m., and the 5K starts at 10:30 a.m. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m.

A 5K run in memory of a former Grizzly will kick off the football team’s Senior Day activities tomorrow.

The run is dedicated to former teammate Wesley Shambaugh, who passed away last year at the age of 23.

“The guys will be there to support the Shambaugh family,” senior Austin Carlton said. “I was pretty close with Wes. He kind of took me in and we became friends pretty quickly. He was more than just a part of the team. Wes was part of the Griz family.”

All proceeds for the 5K will go towards raising awareness for undetected heart conditions and to help provide lifesaving equipment.

“I think some valuable lessons can be taken from Wes, and I think the 5K will be a great way to remember him and his positive mindset,” senior Mason Deal said.

At 9 a.m. the team will unveil a picture that will hang in the student center by the information desks next to an automated external defibrillator (AED). This device is used to treat sudden cardiac arrests and was purchased in memory of Shambaugh, who died as a result of an undetected heart problem.

Shambaugh was an only child whose father passed away about five years before he did. His mother gave donations from Shambaugh’s death to Franklin College’s football program.

“We are humbled but we wanted to do something with the money to honor him,” Head Coach Mike Leonard said.

Offensive Coordinator Matt Theobald proposed the idea of purchasing the AED.

Shambaugh grew up across the street from the parents of Leonard’s wife, so Leonard knew him since he was five years old.
“Wes was a great guy, a friend to everybody, and he had an unbelievable personality,” Leonard said.

After the 5K, senior cheerleaders and football players will be recognized on the field at 1:15PM.

“It should be a great day seeing the guys that have stuck with it for four years and getting a chance to have them all lined up on the field,” Leonard said.

Nine seniors remain after the original group of 55 began in 2012.

Deal transferred from Wittenberg University in Ohio to Franklin during the spring semester of his freshman year.

“Franklin College is much more of an optimistic school in my point of view,” Deal said. “I’m glad I decided to transfer.  I learned valuable lessons about myself in the process.”

Carlton said he thinks Senior Day gives the players a chance to get recognized for all their hard work over the four years, but dislikes the fact that it could be his last game played at Faught Stadium.

“It’s scary and nerve-wracking, but it is a faceless opponent,” Carlton said. “We are going to go out there and do our best and improve on our mistakes.”

Registration for the 5K starts at 9:30 a.m., and the 5K starts at 10:30 a.m. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m.

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Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations. When she isn't staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and eating as many boneless wings as possible. This is Ashley's third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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