Gridiron All-Stars will compete in 40th Hero Bowl
Every year, it seems our communities are shaken by the tragic loss of a brave first responder, whether they serve as police officers, firefighters or emergency medical personnel. When that happens, the Delaware County community comes together to support their families and their fellow first responders.
Since 1977, the Hero Scholarship Committee has been raising funds to provide scholarship aid to the children of Delaware County police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty. Since its founding, 34 young people have received scholarships through the Hero Scholarship Fund.
One of the main fundraisers is the Hero Bowl, an all-star football game that involves the top athletes from local high schools. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Hero Bowl, which is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield.
Delaware County Council recognized the dedicated volunteers, coaches and sponsors who make the Hero Bowl a success at the April 12 Council meeting.
They were joined by CID Detective Robert Lythgoe, President of the Hero Scholarship Fund and Chairman of the Hero Bowl, and Melissa McNamara, the daughter of the late Dennis McNamara, an Upper Darby officer who was gunned down in 2002. She attended school with the help of a Hero Fund scholarship.
Ms. McNamara thanked Council and the Hero Scholarship Fund representatives for giving her the opportunity to attend college at Delaware County Community College.
All proceeds from the Hero Bowl benefit the Hero Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $5.
“I’d like to stress the importance of this Hero Fund,” said Councilman Michael Culp. “One of the greatest tragedies a community can suffer is the loss of a police officer or emergency responder. On March 13, Maryland Police Officer Jacai Colson, an Upper Chichester native who played in the 2005 Hero Bowl, was killed in the line of duty. We must remember and pay tribute to our fallen heroes.”
“These men and women are police officers, firefighters and emergency responders. But they are also fathers, husbands and friends. As the name of our fund indicates, they are heroes. And the Hero Scholarship Fund is one way we can help families in Delaware County if the worst happens,” Culp said.
For information about the Hero Bowl or the Hero Scholarship Fund visit www.delcoherobowl.com.
Gridiron all-stars score for Delco heroes
Delaware County Councilman Michael Culp, center, announced the 40th anniversary Hero Bowl will be held June 2 at Cardinal O’Hara High School to benefit the Hero Scholarship Fund that provides financial assistance to the sons and daughters of police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel who died in the line of duty. Accepting a Hero Bowl resolution are, from left, Criminal Investigation Division Detective Robert Lythgoe, president of the Hero Scholarship Fund, and Melissa McNamara of Upper Darby, the daughter of Dennis McNamara, the Upper Darby Police Officer killed in 2002. Melissa attends Delaware County Community College with a Hero Fund scholarship. For more information about the Hero Bowl visit www.delcoherobowl.com.
40th annual Hero Bowl set for June 2 at Cardinal O’Hara High
Delaware County Councilman Michael Culp, center, announced the 40th anniversary Hero Bowl will be held June 2 at Cardinal O’Hara High School to benefit the Hero Scholarship Fund that provides financial assistance to the sons and daughters of police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel who died in the line of duty. Getting ready for the big game are, from left, CID Detective Robert Lythgoe, chairman of the Hero Bowl, Coach Kevin Clancy from Strath Haven High School and Coach Michael Murphy of The Haverford School, Councilman Michael Culp, and back row, Council Chairman Mario J. Civera Jr., Vice Chair Colleen Morrone, Councilmen John McBlain and Dave White. For more information about the Hero Bowl visit www.delcoherobowl.com.