He's known best for his service to the Notre Dame football team, but Irish linebacker Manti Te'o takes the most pride in his service off the field.
Te'o was the guest of honor at the The LaSalle Council, Boy Scouts of America Mayors’ Luncheon for Scouting Wednesday. The luncheon, held at the Windsor Park Conference Center in Mishawaka, featured Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood, Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore, Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and was held to honor and promote scouting.
The luncheon raises thousands of dollars every year for the Lasalle District Boy Scouts of America, which has served nearly 8,000 young people in the area for the past six years.
Te'o, an Eagle Scout himself, stressed a message of service in his speech to attendees.
"For me, being an eagle scout is all about serving," he said. "It's all about serving others and being of service to people that need help. Being in the scouting program , it prepares you and gives you the knowledge that you need just in case something happens. Whatever that situation is, you'll be able to help."
At the luncheon, the Boy Scouts of America, LaSalle Council, honored St. Joseph Circuit Court Judge Michael G. Gotsch Sr. with the prestigious Soaring Eagle Award, and 1st Source Bank was honored with the Good Turn Award.