WHITEHALL, Pa. – The St. Luke’s Sports activities Rink in Whitehall is now the Saquon Barkley Heart for Excellence. Barkley, who was drafted to the New York Giants in 2018, calls the Whitehall space house.
“With out Whitehall, I am nothing,” Barkley mentioned. “With out Whitehall, with out Coplay, with out the lecturers, with out the coaches, with out my pals, with out my household, there could be no Saquon Barkley.”
So Whitehall is the place the operating again needed to launch his basis — the Michael Ann and Saquon Barkley Hope Basis — holding a press convention on the complicated that now bears his title to debate how he plans to accomplice with St. Luke’s.
“To see this all come collectively is really wonderful,” Barkley mentioned.
St. Luke’s says this partnership is a sport changer for little athletes all through the Lehigh Valley.
“The work of the muse will profit the Whitehall neighborhood by first offering high quality bodily exercise experiences for kids which may not in any other case have entry to these…so camps, clinics, leagues,” mentioned Dr. John Hauth, senior director for sports activities drugs relationships at St. Luke’s.
Barkley says he’ll do all he can to assist coach these clinics and camps.
“I feel it is actually necessary to come back again and present face,” he mentioned.
In the end, he hopes to make the Saquon Barkley Heart for Excellence on Seventh Avenue in Whitehall an epicenter, and develop the muse and applications it is going to create into Allentown and finally all all through the Lehigh Valley.
“If there’s children and there is folks on the market that may say that the Michael Ann and Saquon Barkley Hope Basis helped them, made an impression and a change of their life,” Barkley mentioned, “that is the purpose, to be trustworthy.”