Athlete of the Week: Chatard swimmer Austin Scheer

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Like any high school athlete, swimmers have a lot of gear, which got one Bishop Chatard High School swimmer thinking.

“What teenagers don’t have hooded sweatshirts?” said Chatard junior swimmer Austin Scheer, who is organizing a clothing and blanket drive among all the athletes participating at the City Swim Meet.

It’s not a school community service requirement. Scheer just did it because he wanted to help.

“All the blessings that I have, in going to a nice private school, that’s something that’s such a small gesture, but it has such a big impact,” said Scheer of the clothing drive.

His coach, Attie Kempf, is proud.

“This is above and beyond,” Kempf said. “I went to Chatard, and I don’t remember anyone doing anything like this, so it’s so great to see someone that’s so young giving back to his community.”

All the items donated will go to Helping Our Own People, or HOOP, an organization dedicated to providing necessities for those living on the streets in Indianapolis.\ provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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