Five local students are preparing for the annual DFRC Blue-Gold All*Star Football Game at the University of Delaware. Two athletes and three ambassadors from Milford have been chosen to represent Milford High School and the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens (DFRC), an organization that promotes awareness and assistance for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
The DFRC Blue-Gold All*Star Football Game is the event that launched DFRC in 1956. Every high school in Delaware – public, private, parochial, charter and vo-tech, is invited to nominate students as football players, cheerleaders, band members and Blue-Gold ambassadors. These students participate in a six month leadership program leading up to the game in which they spread awareness about intellectual disabilities, while raising funds to benefit programs serving these Delawareans.
From the 9-1 Milford Buccaneers, Greggory Clark and Brion Murray have been selected to play on the Gold Team as teams composed of athletes from across the state of Delaware compete head to head. This year, Greggory Clark was awarded Milford High School’s Offensive Lineman of the Year. “He is a kid that just seems to get better every play and some of the stuff he does is just incredible,” stated Buccaneer Coach Shaun Strickland during the team’s annual awards banquet. “His leadership will be missed. To have a player go out and have 11 knockdowns in one games is just amazing.”
Brion Murray received Milford High School’s Most Valuable Player award this year. “We had to beg him to come out and play for us and the first time I saw him I couldn’t believe it. There was this kids, all arms and legs flying all over the field. He had a real nose for the ball,” said coach Time Fisher during Milford’s annual awards banquet. Murray also received recognition across the state as First team All-Conference on both offense and defense and Second team All-State.
Clark is excited about his role in the game but also as a big brother. “I am looking forward to playing against some of the best athletes in the state,” said Clark. “I am most excited about the chance to be a big brother.” Each athlete from the Blue-Gold game has the opportunity to participate in the buddy program, an opportunity that allows athletes to embrace a new friend.
While the athletes are given the chance to play in the DFRC Blue-Gold All*Star Football Game, school Ambassadors play a vital role in the success of the DFRC Blue-Gold program as they help promote DFRC’s mission to “enrich the lives of Delawareans with intellectual disABILITIES.” Summer Arthurs, Shane Ganglion and Tyler Timson have been selected to represent Milford High School.
Student Ambassador Summer Arthurs, a multi-seasonal athlete including Cross Country, Swimming and Track & Field, is excited about the opportunity to share her experiences with others.
“Being an ambassador is very special to me,” said Arthurs. “I have a cousin with down syndrome and I hope that I can help others understand that these individuals are more able than disable.” Arthurs will be pursuing a major in Neuroscience at the University of Delaware.
Students Ambassador Tyler Timson recently signed with Cabrini University, where he will play basketball. He is looking forward to the Blue Gold experience and believes he can help make an impact. “It is a great experience to work with others to impact lives of kids with special needs,” said Timson.
Each month leading up to Game Day, there are statewide organized events including a dance party, a bowling outing and a picnic. The Participants and Buddies often get together between events to see a movie, go to a school event or just talk and hang out. This year’s DFRC Blue-Gold All*Star Football Game will kick off at 6pm on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at University of Delaware’s Tubby Raymond Field.
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