66th Annual DFRC Blue Gold All-Star Football Game
The 66th edition Blue Gold DFRC All-Star Football Game will be played tonight at Delaware Stadium on the campus of the University of Delaware. Play supports the enrichment of children and young adults with developmental disabilities. Delaware’s top high school students are selected to participate as football players, cheerleaders, band members, and school ambassadors.
Both football teams include 36 high school senior players chosen as students of exceptional character who are also exceptional football players.
The first game was played on August 25, 1956. DFRC founders Bob Carpenter and Jim Williams, two local sports enthusiasts who were parents of children with developmental disabilities, inspired the game. They wanted to organize an event of fundraiser that raises awareness of developmental disabilities while raising funds for programs that serve these children.
Blue team members are recent graduates from high schools north of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, with the exception of Red Lion Christian, who joins schools south on the Gold List.
The Gold have won four straight and eight of the last 10 All-Star games.
Les Bleues have never trailed in the all-time series, leading 32-30 with three draws. The Blues will again be an underdog this year, as the gold medal features players from six of last year’s eight Class 3A quarter-finalists, including state champion Middletown and runner-up Smyrna. The Gold team coaches are Shaun Strickland from Milford assisted by Juwon Sivels (Milford), Eston Ennis (Sussex Tech) and Brian Timpson and Francis Clark (Appoquinimink). The blue team is coached by John Bellace of Archmere, assisted by Ariene Gardner and Omar Richardson (Archmere), Isaiah Mays (Brandywine) and Rahsaan Matthews (Howard).
Since its inception, the DFRC has awarded more than $6 million in grants to programs that encourage citizens with developmental disabilities to maximize their potential, independence and enjoyment of life.
Grants are awarded once a year, with the application deadline being October 1. For a grant application or more information, please call the DFRC at 302.454.2730 or email [email protected] with “Grant Application Request” in the subject line.
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