USC announced Monday that a $5 million gift has been given to the athletic department in former Trojan quarterback Matt Barkley’s name, courtesy of the Otis Booth Foundation, per the university’s athletic department. The generous donation will go towards creating a full-time social work position, know as the “Matt Barkley Community Service Coordinator”.
When Barkley was not leading the Trojans on the field, he was often leading them and others off it, going on various mission trips to impoverished nations for mission trips. Most notably, he spearheaded an effort that took he, his family and a number of his teammates to Haiti the summer before the 2012 season. With this donation, he will be remembered in Troy not only for his athletic success, but also for his humanitarian efforts.
The Matt Barkley Community Services Coordinator will create programs that encourage and enable USC student-athletes to volunteer with the local elementary schools surrounding USC, per USC’s athletic department website.
“I am honored that USC’s new community service coordinator position will carry my name,” said Barkley.
“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 is not the only Trojan to give back during their time at Southern California: over the past three years, USC’s student-athletes have collectively completed more than 8,000 service hours and have volunteered with organizations such as Marathon for Kids, Swim With Mike, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Skid Row homeless shelters.