INDIANAPOLIS, IN (WFIE) - Courage is defined by “strength in the face of pain or grief”. That is certainly how you could define Central High School’s Rayzel Joiner. It was a special night for the Bears’ two-sport star.
Joiner won the Indy Star Sports Awards inaugural “Tyler Trent Courage Award”. Joiner was homeless during part of the football season, but was taken in by teammate, Austin Frasier and his family. Despite all that adversity, Joiner compiled 14 sacks this past season, in helping lead the Bears to the 4A state finals, to cap off a fantastic high school career.
Perhaps his most impactful play, came in the semistate game against Marion, where he came up with a pivotal safety, to swing the momentum, and help propel Central to the victory.
He also starred on the Bears’ basketball team, the last few years.
The award is named after Tyler Trent, who inspired millions, in his battle with cancer.