Althoff senior Justin Robinson uses his ball skills and 200-pound frame to control the middle of the soccer field. But Robinson also has a passion for philanthropy.
The 18-year old Robinson, an honor student, has encouraged Althoff parents and any other interested people to donate money after each goal scored by the Crusaders.
Through Monday, Robinson’s “Goals to Remember” program had raised $758.85. At the end of the season, the funds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
“For each goal, parents can donate however much money they want to,” Robinson said. “It can be a dollar, 50 cents or whatever. I asked the team what charity they wanted to donate the money to. I gave them the option of Alzheimer’s research, the Wounded Warrior Project or another charity of their choice, and everyone chose Wounded Warrior.”
Robinson is on pace to reach his goal of raising $800 to $1,000. Althoff was scheduled to play Greenville in the Class 1A Greenville Regional on Tuesday, and a victory would earn the Crusaders a berth in the championship game Friday.
The military has been a big part of Robinson’s life. His father, Brian, is a brigadier general at Scott Air Force Base; his mother, Maureen, is a lieutenant colonel in the reserves. The family lives on the base in Mascoutah.
Robinson said his parents were supportive of his idea to raise money.
“I felt this was a way to do a personal thing to give back to the wounded warriors of the world,” he said. “They come back from overseas dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and having to deal with living with that. Since I’ve been a military kid my whole life, I felt this was kind of a way I could give back to the military for all they’ve done for me in my first 18 years of living.”
Robinson was born in Charleston, S.C., in 1997. Since then, he has lived in Mascoutah, Montgomery, Ala., Seattle, Burke, Va., Charleston, S.C., for a second time, Little Rock, Ark., and finally, back to Mascoutah.
“My family and I have moved around a lot because we’re a military family,” Robinson said. “I’ve lived in six places and I’ve moved seven times. I didn’t like it at first, but over time, I just got used to it. I really miss seeing (friends) all the time, but it’s helped me prepare for life outside of high school because I’m going to have to be making friends once college starts.”
Robinson’s college considerations are Wingate University, High Point University and Wake Forest, all located in North Carolina, Portland and Hawaii.
“I’m trying to major in physical therapy and I’m also trying to play soccer in college,” said Robinson, who isn’t certain how much longer his family will reside in the metro-east. “This is our third year here. We have no idea at the moment whether we’re going to be staying around here much longer. Two years is usually the normal time frame.”
Class 2A, 3A playoffs
Class 1A regionals are unfolding this week at several locations, with championships scheduled to be decided Friday and Saturday and sectionals kicking off next week.
The Class 2A postseason begins at 6 p.m. Friday when Centralia plays at Mascoutah in the first round of the Columbia Regional. The winner will meet the host Eagles in the semifinals at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Marion and Triad meet in the other semifinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday, with the championship game set for 6 p.m. on Oct. 23.
Other Class 2A regionals will be held in Carbondale, Jacksonville and Effingham. Waterloo is playing in Carbondale and will meet Salem or Mount Vernon in the semifinals at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Carbondale and Herrin are in the other semifinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The title game will be at 3 p.m. on Oct. 24.
Highland will compete in the Effingham Regional and will play Jerseyville in the semifinals Oct. 21. The championship game will be at 3 p.m. on Oct. 24.
The regional winners feed into the Columbia Sectional, which begins Oct. 27.
There no surprises on the list of leading goal-scorers in the metro-east as the regular season reaches its pinnacle.
Kane Osterhage of Waterloo and Cade Breed of Mater Dei lead with 23 goals apiece, while Sean Rickey of Columbia has 22 and Sean Gouviea of Belleville West and Ben Huels of Waterloo have 21 apiece.
Rickey is the leaders with 18 assists, followed closely Ryan Gudeman of Columbia and Alex Loepker of Mater Dei (14 apiece) and Breed (13).
In goalkeeping, Brandon Gregory of Belleville West and Jay Detmer of Central have nine shutouts apiece.
BND boys soccer rankings
Rankings for metro-east teams; voting by area coaches and News-Democrat staff. First-place votes are in parentheses; records through last week’s action.
Also receiving votes: O’Fallon (10-7-1); Mater Dei (14-3-3); Gibault (11-8); Alton (9-7-3); Mascoutah (11-8-1).