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Athlete seeking donations

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Chance Talbot
Northview High School senior Chance Talbot is only dollars away from reaching his goal.

Talbot was invited by Down Under Sports -- an organization based in North Logan, Utah -- to compete in the 24th Down Under Sports Tournament, which will take place in Australia this summer.

Talbot and teammate Ethan Stewart were both invited, but Stewart will not be attending.

Talbot, on the other hand, is still raising the necessary funds to play in the all-star football game.

His father, Vic, recently told The Brazil Times a pulled pork dinner fundraiser will take place Saturday, May 19, at the Staunton Community Center.

The event will take place from 4-8 p.m. Freewill donations will be accepted.

Vic said various salads would also be available at the fundraiser.

"Hopefully with this dinner, we can top it off," Vic said. "The deadline to have the money in is June 1."

Vic added it would cost $5,000 for Talbot to travel to Australia to compete. He said both players stood in front of the Walmart in Brazil asking for donations earlier this year. In addition, Chance and his family sold approximately 150 T-shirts with Down Under Sports printed on them for $20 each, $15 of which went back to the athlete.

"We have raised about two-thirds of the money so far," Vic said. "We've basically ran around and talked to a few people. Some gave us donations, but the biggest thing for us was the T-shirts."

Chance was invited to represent Indiana football in the All-Star game, which will pit athletes from the United States against an Australian team.

Chance will also play in the Wabash Valley All-Star Coaches Association all-star game in June at Memorial Stadium at Indiana State University.

Chance was a defensive end and linebacker for the Knights and was honorable mention All-Wabash Valley this year.

According to Northview High School football coach George Gettle, Talbot will be the third NHS player in two years to compete in the all-star game. Taylor Pinnick and Shaun Hauser, both 2011 NHS graduates, also took part.

George O'Scanlon of New Zealand founded Down Under Sports in 1989. Since its formation, an international basketball game and the Down Under International Games have been established.

The 2012 Down Under Sports program includes competition in football, cheerleading, basketball, volleyball, cross country, wrestling and track and field.

Past professional players in the football game include former Denver Broncos' quarterback Jake Plummer, former Green Bay Packers' running back Ahman Green, and former Indianapolis Colts' linebacker Rob Morris.

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