Famous Terre Haute Native Returns to Help Local Kids

Published 04/25 2014 10:01PM

Updated 04/28 2014 11:55AM

Steve Weatherford bought shoes for 30 Vigo County students Friday. But one child couldn't be there. His name is Evan Moats, and he has leukemia.

"It really does mean a lot to us because Evan has really been sick a lot lately, and Evan loves all sports and he plays all sports and so some people might think just getting a pair of shoes is no big deal, but it really is, especially to a kid," said Amy McGinness, Evan's grandmother.
Thursday night Evan was rushed to the hospital with a fever. Friday, his brother Anthony, was able to pick out a pair of shoes he's confident Evan will love.

"Well they're his favorite color, red and green. I mean blue and green," said Anthony Moats.

Weatherford attended Terre Haute North High School and now plays for the New York Giants. He says Terre Haute is still home to him. Making kids like Evan smile, in turn inspires him to continue to succeed.

"Being a professional athlete, I'm not too far removed from being in these kids shoes and looking up to someone," said Weatherford. "For me it was Anthony Thompson who really inspired and motivated me because he went to the same high school I went to and defied the odds and got a college scholarship and was able to play professionally for several years."

Anthony and his brother, Elijah, delivered Evan's shoes to him in his hospital room Friday night.   

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