Hoover Senior Tackles the Pressure

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CITY HEIGHTS-- Lewis Butler picked up many of his leadership skills at home. The two sport varsity athlete serves as a role model for his brother and two sisters, and says he often has to play the parent role while his mom and dad work. Three years ago, the pressure to support his family was more prominent than ever, as the Butlers struggled to find a permanent home.

"All of the sudden I noticed he was really down and everything and I found out what was going on in his life and I got involved with the family trying to help them," said Hoover Head Coach Jerry Ralph. " It has been a three year struggle. I'm so proud of them for sticking together and fighting through it. They have been in and out of hotels and homeless and sharing peoples houses and desperate times."

Described as a quiet individual, Lewis expressed himself through his actions on the football field.

"There is peace here," said Butler. "I can let out my emotions and anger."

With the help of the Alpha Project, a special social worker, and community members, the Butlers finally moved into their own apartment a few months ago. In his final year as a Cardinal, Lewis Butler has one more challenge. Switching from fullback to quarterback.

"It's a lot of thinking involved in the multiple positions I'm in now," said Butler. I'm handling it pretty good. I just need to learn more stuff about the position and take charge of it."

Looking at the way he has taken charge of his own life, Lewis Butler should have no problem taking charge of the Hoover offense.

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