IU football names scholarship, team award after Chris Beaty

Indiana football has established a scholarship in honor of the late Chris Beaty.

Beaty, a defensive lineman who played for IU from 2000-03, was killed in his hometown of Indianapolis in late May while coming to the aid of two women who were being robbed. He was 38.

The scholarship in Beaty’s name was made possible by a $100,000 gift from his mother, Debra Cooper, and it will be awarded annually to an IU football student-athlete from the state of Indiana. Preference will be given to athletes who began their career as a walk-on, just like Beaty.

IU also recently named a team award after Beaty, which will go to the program’s top walk-ons each year. Running back Davion Ervin-Poindexter (Merrillville) and receiver Christian Harris (Wheaton, Ill.) were the first to receive the Chris Beaty Outstanding Walk-on Players of the Year honor during last week’s football banquet.

“He loved Indiana, he loved Indiana football. He loved people,” IU coach Tom Allen said of Beaty. “He was a very caring, passionate person towards the things he valued in his life, and that was a big emphasis on others. So selfless.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, he was the quintessential example of LEO (love each other) as a person.”

Beaty was a major presence in his city until the time of his death, known affectionately as “Mr. Indianapolis.” Allen coached against the Cathedral High product in the late 1990s when Allen was still just an assistant at Ben Davis.

Allen got to know Beaty more as a passionate alum of IU, which made his loss all the more difficult for the Hoosiers’ football program. IU’s media guide for the 2020 season featured a picture of Beaty on the inside of the front cover.

“He really reached out to me from the very beginning and came and we met face-to-face and had some great times together. It was obvious, from the very beginning, his love and passion for Indiana football,” Allen said. “Just a special person to this program and this university. Wanted to honor him with an award named after him.

“Just don’t ever want him to be forgotten, and that’s why that’s so special for us. Got a chance to talk to his mom and know it meant a lot to their family, as well. Deservedly so. He’s a special, special person we always want to remember.”

Along with the scholarship at IU, there was also a scholarship established in Beaty’s name at Cathedral. The Chris Beaty ’00 Endowed Memorial Tuition Fund was made possible by another $100,000 donation and was announced earlier this year.

“Chris was beloved by the entire Indiana University family, someone who represented the very best of the IU Football and IU Athletics,” IU athletic director Scott Dolson said in a statement. “His loss is a tragedy for the community and everyone who had the privilege of crossing paths with Chris during his life. The outpouring of love and support following his death shows the countless number of people he touched, and we are honored to be able to recognize and celebrate Chris through this scholarship and team award.”

2 comments

  1. Beatty is a great example of LEO and this scholarship will help deserving young men on the football team that show the same qualities Chris did.

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