January 19, 2022
"Changing Lives, Improving Communities"

Diamond In The Rough: Ian Helmcke

Ian Helmcke is an upcoming senior graduating in 2021 from De La Salle High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ian is a 6’1” 139Ibs starting Kicker for the varsity football team. Last season Ian kept a perfect streak with field goals. He also kicked the game winning field goal that sent his team to the state championship. You would think Helmcke has been playing football for a while, but he actually started fairly recent. Being versatile helps Ian on and off the field. Although Ian is a 2-sport athlete, he still manages to maintain a 3.0 GPA. He’s looking forward to his senior year and the possibilities his future holds for him. 

How old were you when you first started playing football? 

I actually didn’t start until last year.  

Do you play any other sports? 

Yes, soccer, I started playing around 3 years old. 

Were you always a kicker or did you start out at a different position? 

No, the coach saw how far I could kick a ball and asked me to be the kicker. 

What sets you apart from other kickers? 

Nothing really probably just humble. 

Do you have a favorite collegiate or professional athlete? Why? 

Wil Lutz, I like to think I play like him. I’m also a big Saints fan and he’s just a very good kicker.  

Describe to me what you do before each game: 

Not much just change and put my pads on. Then, I’ll sit in my locker listen to music and maybe eat some fruit snacks. Then it’s game time.  

Who or what motivates the most? Why? 

My favorite soccer player Messi, because he never quits and works hard on and off the field. 

How has playing football helped you on and off the field? 

I’ve gotten more in shape, my legs are stronger, and I’ve became more mature. Also, I have become more of a leader within a team. 

How do you think your teammates and coaches would describe you? 

I think they would say that I’m funny, hardworking, tough player, and all-around fun to talk to. 

How would you describe yourself? 

I can be childish at times and like to bring good vibes to my teammates. 

What do you look forward to most for your future? 

I want to become a sports physician.

How do you plan to do that? 

Go to college and study; maybe go to the University of Miami, Florida State, Tulane, or LSU. They all have great athletic programs.