NFL Star Corey Liuget launches Aaron Feis Scholarship for Stoneman Douglas football team
Parkland (CBS12) —
The Stoneman Douglas Football team has only just begun their healing journey following the horrific school shooting in Parkland. But one NFL star from South Florida is making sure their beloved Coach Aaron Feis, who lost his life trying to save students, is never forgotten.
Los Angeles Chargers star Corey Liuget launched the Coach Aaron Feis Scholarship Fund by donating $10,000 to get it started. he then met the entire Stoneman Douglas football team at Pine Trails Park to speak to them about conquering unthinkable adversity.
Growing up where I grew up, and some of the stuff I saw (I shouldn't have seen at my young age)," reflects Liuget. "So these kids seeing this stuff, I know what it could do to you. (But) this event is definitely going to shape them into becoming better people. They're going to make some type of an impact in this World."
The scholarship is specifically designed to honor the Stoneman Douglas football player who best represents the legacy of Coach Feis. The person who wins the scholarship will be the player with the biggest heart, and with the best character and work ethic, with the instinct to put others before themselves.
"I just think of an overall great man," says Stoneman Douglas player Gage Gaynor of Feis. "No matter who you where, if you were a bad kid, a good kid, he would take you under his wing."
"We need to live just like he did," agrees fellow player Charlie Rothkopf. "Being a hero."
"He gave his life for someone," says Liuget." I don't know if I'm built for that myself, to be completely honest."
But Liuget is built to give, and was happy to provide the players a break from their pain through the sport they love, and to make sure their hero and coach is forever honored.