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Former Boilermakers/Current NFL Players to Visit Purdue U.



West Lafayette, IN – On Monday, March 23, 2015, former Boilermakers and current NFL players Kawann Short and Kevin Pamphile will join East Chicago Central High School students on a College Tour of Purdue University.

“I am excited to be a part of this college tour because it’s allowing be to show the kids from where I am from in East Chicago that they too can graduate from a prestigious university like Purdue” exclaims Short.

Short, a defensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers and Kevin Pamphile, an offensive lineman for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, agreed to serve a hosts for the College Tour. Short will travel to his hometown of East Chicago to board the chartered bus and ride with the students to his alma mater.  Pamphile will travel to Indiana from Florida and meet the students at Purdue.

“I’m looking forward to joining my former teammate Kawann Short in giving back to the youth of his hometown who have aspirations of going to college,” says Pamphile.

The Purdue College Tour is being sponsored by Communities in Schools of Lake County and will feature presentations by the Admissions Office; a tour of the campus; a panel discussion which will also be open to current Purdue University students, faculty and staff; a stop at The University Book Store where the athletes will host a meet & Greet and Autograph signing for the public from 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.; as well as a tour of the football facilities.

“Communities In Schools of Lake County is honored to provide this college visit for students from East Chicago Central High School,” states Pat Simes, Executive Director of Communities in Schools of Lake County.  “The added opportunity to interact with Mr. Short and Mr. Pamphile, while on the Purdue campus, will enhance to the impact of the college tour experience for our students.”

Media outlets interested in capturing the arrival of the students to Purdue and Kawann Short descending the bus with the students or other segments of the tour should contact Cathleen Laporte of Athletes for Charity at 917-714-2131 or via email at to schedule a time slot or an interview.


The mission of Communities In Schools of Lake County is to surround students with a community of support empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Communities In Schools (CIS) works with policy makers, school staff, parents and business partners to address the factors that impede student success. Serving students from K-12 grades, CIS and school staff identify students at risk of not graduating; access the school and student needs; and create relationships to harness these needed resources.

As a local affiliate of the nation’s largest drop out prevention organization, CIS of Lake County uses a model of integrated student supports.  That support includes placing a trained staff person in schools who connects with students and assists them with both academic and non-academic issues to assist students in achieving their goals.


Kawann “KK” Short was born and raised in East Chicago and attended local public schools in the city.  He played both football and basketball at Central High School and went on to pursue his education at Purdue University, where he majored in Technology Leadership & Innovation.  As a Boilermaker, Short was a first-team All-Big Ten Conference selection in 2011 and 2012, and received second-team All-American honors from the Associated Press in 2012.

Short was drafted by the Panthers in the 2nd round of the 2013 NFL Draft.  During his rookie year, Short played in all 16 regular season games. He recorded 30 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1.5 sacks, and tied for second on the team with 21 quarterback pressures.

Short has recently launched a Youth Literacy Project to deliver books and academic incentives to children in need of encouragement when it comes to reading and academic achievement.  Short has partnered with Athletes for Charity, Communities in Schools of East Chicago, HealthLinc and the East Chicago Fire and Police Departments to create academic incentives to benefit the youth of East Chicago, IN.


Kevin Pamphile is an offensive lineman for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is from Miami, Fla. and attended Miami Central High School, where he initially played basketball. He began playing football his senior year, earning All-Dade County honors and playing in the Nike South Florida All-Star Game. 

Despite only playing football for only one year, he received recruiting offers from Purdue University, Middle Tennessee State University and Florida Atlantic University. Pamphile committed to play football at Purdue University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Movement & Sport Science and a minor in Business. He was drafted to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.