Seaford High School’s varsity football team has a long tradition of success on the playing field, but its service off the gridiron also won praise from the Nassau County High School Football Coaches Association (NCHSFCA) this year.
The Conference IV regular season undefeated champions and New York State Scholar Athlete team was awarded the first-ever Community Service Award from the organization during the 2012 NCHSFCA Grid Iron Dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club.
According to Seaford’s Head Coach Rob Perpall, the team was recognized for its involvement in several community service efforts. Under the direction of the coaching staff, the team sharpened the skills of more than 100 young athletes between the ages of six and 12 through its annual free, three-day football clinic for all youngsters involved in the Long Island Broncos football organization in Seaford. The team also honored different sectors of the community at their home games. One was dedicated to students with intellectual and/or developmental challenges who are learning important social and life skills through their involvement in the Seaford chapter of Best Buddies International.
“The students lit up as they were given t-shirts and took part in an honorary coin toss ceremony," Perpall said. "They had a great day."
Another game honored all veterans that came through the Seaford football program. The veterans, who mainly served tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, were given special camouflage t-shirts and took part in the coin toss.
The team also raised $750 that was used to buy gift cards for Seaford families whose homes were ravaged by Superstorm Sandy.
"The football team's community service program is one way of giving back and showing appreciation for the great support the team receives from the Seaford community,” said Seaford’s Athletic Director Thomas Condon. “This award is a tribute to the character of each team member.”