Dear DC Touchdown Club members and supporters,
As we wind our way through September, I’d like to take a moment for all of us to remember that many of our games stand for something more.
On Friday night at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Center, DeMatha will play La Salle of suburban Philadelphia in the Brothers Forever Classic, a game played in memory of a graduate of each school who became best friends at the U.S. Naval Academy before losing their lives in combat. DeMatha graduate Brendan Looney, was a Navy SEAL and died while serving in Afghanistan. La Salle graduate Travis Manion was a Marine and died while serving in Iraq. The two are buried next to each other in Arlington National Cemetery.
On Saturday, Gonzaga hosts Georgetown Prep in the Jesuit Gridiron Classic, benefiting the Washington Jesuit Academy. In the 12 years that the game has been held, more than $1.2 million has been raised for the Academy, which enrolls students in grades 5 through 8.
These are but two of the instances of high school football benefiting more than just one team or one school, but of communities coming together to support each other. Let’s keep that in mind as we watch our favorite teams play.
Yours in football,