For his senior project, Hellgate's Chris Herrick wanted to give back, and bring awareness to the youth homes InnerRoads program, which works with disadvantaged and troubled youth, by bringing them outdoors.
"They take kids on wilderness expeditions from anywhere from 4-6 weeks at a time and focus on building self-confidence and leadership skills and social skills," says Herrick.
For his project, Herrick got the help of Missoula Olympian Sam Schultz, who gave a speech to a good sized crowd about his career, and how the outdoors have been such a big part of his life.
"It's really amazing. Getting out there sort of puts everything back in perspective, and just helps you focus. I can't imagine where I'd be without that. It's that big of a part of who I am, and what I can relate to, how I define myself, so I think I'd be maybe troubled and lost without that, so it's good to get those kids out here," says the Olympic cyclist Schultz.
While there were raffle prizes that garnered some money for the InnerRoads program, for Herrick, it was more about getting his community to be aware of the worthy cause.
"Missoula has so much support, such an athletic outdoorsy community and there are a lot of people that love to support these organizations, and it's just about bringing light to them, and giving people the opportunity to hear more about it," says Herrick.
A former Knight himself, the Olympian Schultz is more than impressed with the Hellgate senior who put it all together.
"It's amazing. I certainly didn't help the greater good nearly this much when I was his age, so glad I can chip in at this point in my life, but it's very cool to see him doing this now, and it speaks highly of the graduating class at Hellgate, and I'm psyched for him," says Schultz.