For Immediate Release
Contact: Ed Morrone
The Academy Park High School football team will host a Go Lime game to benefit the HEADstrong Foundation during its homecoming on Friday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. The contest versus Chichester High School will take place at Academy Park, located at 300 Calcon Hook Road, Sharon Hill, PA, 19079.
From his hospital bed a decade ago, HEADstrong founder Nick Colleluori created an awareness platform in part highlighted by lime green shoelaces, the national awareness color for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a disease in which Colleluori passed away from in 2006. Following his death, Colleluori’s family and the HEADstrong Foundation continued to build the mission started by Colleluori: to help families live with a greater dignity and sense of normalcy following a cancer diagnosis. One of the crown jewels of Colleluori’s initial vision was Nick’s House; with two locations in suburban Philadelphia, Nick’s House offers complimentary lodging to cancer patients who are receiving life-saving treatment at area hospitals.
Academy Park head football coach and athletic director Jason Vosheski attended Ridley High School, Colleluori’s alma mater. Vosheski has spent his entire life living and working in Delaware County, and saw Academy Park’s homecoming game as a perfect opportunity to educate his players by shining a light on an issue that transcends wins and losses on the football field. The Knights will be wearing lime green HEADstrong shoelaces, towels and armbands as uniform accessories during the game.
“Every game, we tell our players they are playing for something bigger than themselves: their school, community and family,” Vosheski said. “We wanted to help in any way we can, and the HEADstrong Foundation is as good a cause as we can think of. We currently have a player on our team who has some family members going through cancer, and it seemed like a natural progression for Academy Park to team up with HEADstrong to help get our names out there. Sometimes it’s human nature to not see the big picture, so anytime we can turn a sporting event into something larger than what it normally would be to raise funds and help someone else out, it’s a win-win for both sides.”
To learn more about the HEADstrong Foundation or to donate, visit www.headstrong.org. Follow HEADstrong on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @HEADstrongFnd.