Roper, Illini help ravaged Harrisburg, Ill.

Roper, Illini help ravaged Harrisburg, Ill.

When a tornado touched down in Harrisburg, Ill., on Feb. 29, it ripped through much of the city and left seven people dead. However, the destruction was deemed too small for federal assistance. Good thing for Harrisburg,  the Illinois baseball team has a proud native, Reid Roper, who wanted to lend a helping hand. Roper, with the help of his coaches and teammates, delivered 32,000 pounds of food and supplies to Harrisburg and presented a $10,319 check to the mayor during its spring trip to Carbondale in mid-March. Watch the entire touching feature now.

Roper, a redshirt freshman, also is getting it done on the field, hitting .293 in 24 starts.

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