Scotty Gilkey

Scotty Gilkey, Jr. (left) teaches his son the lesson of radical generosity by dropping off the toys he collected for One Hope United in Charleston.

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CHARLESTON, Ill. (WAND) -- Eastern Illinois quarterback Scotty Gilkey, Jr. might one day sign a big NFL deal. For right now he's just a 21-year-old amateur athlete and a father looking to raise his son right.

That didn't stop him from doing something few other college athletes in the country -- if any -- have done: launch his own toy drive.

Gilkey and his family collected toys from other students at Eastern Illinois and members of the community and then dropped the haul off at One Hope United, a social services organization with an office in Charleston. It was an uncommon act of generosity, and a lesson for his toddler son Scotty III, aka "Scotty Ray".

For teaching the community that you don't have to have piles of money to practice radical generosity, Scotty Gilkey, Jr. earns the WAND Sports Hero of the Week honor.


Week 1: Shannon Roberts, MacArthur
Week 2: Fowler Connell, Danville
Week 3: Ken Leonard, Sacred Heart-Griffin
Week 4: Micah and Dennis Sheppard, Meridian
Week 5: Emily Short, Decatur
Week 6: Veterans and Friends golf 
Week 7: Dre Brown, Mike Dudek, Scotty Gilkey, Illinois/Eastern Illinois
Week 8: Demirjian Family of Decatur
Week 9: Donna Dulle, Mt. Pulaski
Week 10: Moe Dampeer
Week 11: Sister Jean, Loyola
Week 12: Reilly Fitzpatrick, Maroa-Forsyth
Week 13: Volunteers of Decatur Turkey Tournament
Week 14: Nick Allegretti, Illinois
Week 15: Taylorville Tornadoes
Week 16: Scotty Gilkey, Eastern Illinois