By now, the results of the state championship football game between Carmel and Warren Central are known.
But prior to the game, members of both of these rival teams bonded over their respect and love for Eric Paschall – a long time youth football coach who mentored players on both teams.
Unfortunately they came together at his memorial service. Paschall, the father of Greyhounds running back Shakir Paschall, collapsed in the stands during the semi-state game Nov. 15 and died later that evening at St.Vincent Heart Center. He was just 40 years old.
His wife Aisha Paschall, a worker in the Indianapolis Public School system, now supports a family of five children ranging in age from 1 to 18 years old.
Eric Paschall had been the breadwinner. A welder by trade, he had just finished an apprenticeship with the local Ironworkers union. He had helped to build Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indianapolis Airport and the wind farm outside of Lafayette.
Unfortunately he did not have life insurance, and the family is now struggling to make ends meet.
The Pascall’s church, New Life Worship Center, has established a fund to help the family. Donations and contributions may be sent to New Life Worship Center, 7860 Lafayette Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46278. Please indicate “Eric Paschall Fund” in the memo line. Online donations can be made at www.newlifeindy.org by clicking on Online Giving. In the Fund section, go to “Other” and note Eric Paschall Fund.
Donations for the more immediate needs of the family can be made to the Carmel Football Parents Club. Please note “Eric Paschall Fund” in the memo line and send checks to CFPC c/o Gary Roe, 515 Twin Oaks Dr., Carmel, IN 46032.