EUREKA, MO (KTVI) - An athletic trainer at Eureka High School is helping students in his community and athletes around the world.
Charlie Weir has been an athletic trainer for the Wildcats for seven years. Born deaf, Weir says his biggest challenge is seeing his athletes hurt.
"When athletes sustain a major injury where they are taken out of the game for a long time, it just breaks my heart," he said.
Born in Augusta, Georgia, Weir said his parents weren't sure how to raise a deaf son so the family moved to St. Louis where Weir could attend the St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf and Central Institute for the Deaf. There, Weir learned to lip read and talk.
About nine years ago, Weir got a cochlear implant, giving him the opportunity to hear. He still relies on lip reading so protective masks can create barriers.
"With football maybe they're looking through a face mask and they can't see, and you can't hear and they've been running hard," said Eureka Head Football Coach Farrell Shelton. Coach Shelton said sometimes he'll text Weir or write him notes to ensure the messages are received.
Outside of the high school, Weir co-founded St. Louis' first summer soccer camp for deaf and hard of hearing children. He also traveled the world as a trainer for the U.S.A. men's and women's soccer teams.