Rockets raise more than $7,200 at benefit football practice

April 9, 2013 | News, UToday
By Paul Helgren



The University of Toledo football program raised $7,215.12 for former UT women’s basketball player Ashlee Barrett at an open practice at Mentor High School Friday.

Rocket football logoThe Rockets took donations at the practice for Barrett, who is battling leukemia. Barrett is the fiancee of former UT football player Ben Pike, who is from Mentor, Ohio.

The theme for the event was “Faith Not Fear,” which has been Barrett’s motto as she has battled her disease over the past year.

Pike, who spoke to the crowd of about 500 during a break in the practice, said he was moved by the support from his hometown.

“I was blown away by the turnout tonight,” Pike said after the event. “I didn’t know what to expect. I was just happy the team was coming here. I’m very humbled by it.”

Toledo Head Football Coach Matt Campbell said he was happy the team could help out the couple.

“It was a great way to pay tribute to two outstanding student-athletes from our university who have been great role models to our football team and all UT student-athletes,” Campbell said. “You can tell how much Ben means to the community here in Mentor and to the community at The University of Toledo.”

Donations for Barrett still may be delivered sent to:

Fifth Third Bank

Ashlee Barrett Fund/Northeast Ohio

9875 Johnnycake Ridge Road

Mentor, OH 44060