Inspired Athlete – Highland Park High’s Cole Feigl
November 22nd, 2013 | by The Update
Cole Feigl worked with kids at a recent Gridiron Heroes event, which raised money for athletes permanently injured in football accidents. Photo / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
When the Highland Park High School Football team started this season with an uncharacteristic and bruising loss, team captain Cole Feigl did what any good leader would do—he turned disappointment into determination.
“It was a tough situation to be in, especially for the first game of the season,” said the senior running back. “The other captains and I just knew we needed to get everyone motivated and in better shape and get the mindset focused on winning.” Not surprisingly, the team then went on to win seven straight games.
Feigl’s passion for motivating others goes beyond the Scots football team to include up and coming players—many of whom have rather large obstacles to overcome off the gridiron. In July, he and several teammates participated in a football camp for Mercy Street of West Dallas. The faith-based program offers football instruction and mentorship to elementary and middle school age boys at L.G. Pinkston High School.
“Some of the kids had experience, others didn’t, but everyone learned a lot,” said Feigl. “It may have been hot, but the kids had a great time.”
In August, Feigl also volunteered at a kids’ football training camp that benefitted Gridiron Hereos, an organization that helps players permanently injured in football accidents. The event helped the group toward its goal of raising $100,000 to purchase two specially equipped vans for disabled athletes.
Feigl, who is also on the track team at HPHS, hopes to continue his love for football when he heads off to college next year. Meanwhile he looks for opportunities to blend athleticism and outreach whenever his busy schedule of practices and schoolwork allows. He recently spent time as a third grade Sunday school teacher at Munger Place Church. He hopes to be an inspiration to kids—especially those who look to athletes as role models. “I think it’s important to put your faith first and keep your morals straight.”
As to the person Feigl looks to for inspiration, Tim Tebow is at the top of the list. “He’s a great role model for staying strong and being true to yourself in the face of adversity.”
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