The DFRC Blue-Gold All*Star Football Game Committee and the DFRC Hand-in-Hand Committee proudly announce the All*Star Buddies selected for the 59thAnnual DFRC Blue-Gold All*Star Football Game. Matthew Lavelle, age 13, will be representing the Blue schools. During the Blue-Gold season, he is being paired with Archmere Academy football players Conor Furey and Jack Malloy. Andrew Grunow, age 13, from Middletown will represent the Gold schools. Andrew is partnered with Middletown football player Dennie Berger.
Blue All*Star Buddy Matthew is a student at Springer Middle School and the son of Gregory and Ruth Lavelle. Andrew, the Gold All*Star Buddy, attends Alfred Waters Middle School and is the son of Andrew and Alaine Grunow. This will be the seventh season both boys have participated in the Hand-in-Hand Program.
The Hand-in-Hand Program will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this season. Started in 1974, the Hand-in-Hand Program matches the game’s high school participants with a child or young adult who has an intellectual disABILITY. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities to interact in a variety of settings, from dance parties to bowling events and picnics, in the months leading up to the game. Through this program, participants find commonality with their buddies in music, sports, movies, and simply spending time together. The Hand-in-Hand Committee will hold its annual kickoff event, the Hand-In-Hand Party, on March 16 at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover.
This year’s game will also mark the 50th anniversary of the DFRC Blue-Gold Marching Band. The 2014 game will be held at the University of Delaware Football Stadium on Saturday, June 21, 2014. All proceeds benefit programs that enrich the lives of Delawareans with intellectual disABILITIES through grants provided by DFRC, Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with intellectual disABILITIES. Tickets can be purchased directly from DFRC at www.dfrc.org (powered by TicketLeap) or by calling (302) 454-2730.