Earlier this week, Indiana received the commitment of 3-star center Harry Crider from Columbus East (Indiana).
As the Indy Star’s Zach Osterman reports, Crider will bring a whole lot more to Bloomington than just his 6-foot-4, 260-pound frame.
With his senior season beginning Friday, Crider is leading a fundraising and awareness event for the Riley Children’s Foundation. According to IndyStar, Crider was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 10 years old and has been fighting alongside Riley Hospital for Children for years.
The fundraising event doubles as Crider’s senior project.
Nurses from Riley will be on hand to spread awareness about diabetes and conduct free blood pressure checks. East cheerleaders will lead a “Riley miracle minute” to gather donations. Burnett said there will even be buttons for sale featuring pictures of Crider, “kind of like a football button.”
Crider is no slouch on the field, either. Originally committed to Virginia, Crider visited Indiana unofficially earlier this month and received an offer. He committed to the Hoosiers on Monday.
— Harry Crider (@HarryCrider) August 15, 2016
Crider is ranked as the No. 19 center in the Class of 2017 by 247Sports.com, and is the No. 21 overall recruit from Indiana in his class. If his role as a “Riley Champion” is any indication, he may be a future leader for Indiana coach Kevin Wilson’s program.
“At my high school, we’re required to do a senior project to graduate. I definitely wanted to do something meaningful, something I was passionate about,” Crider told IndyStar. “I worked with my people at Riley, and we came up with this idea.”