REMINDER — Rye and Harrison grads play for cure October 11

With one exception since 1929, Rye and Harrison have gotten together annually on the gridiron for an epic clash resulting in a year’s worth of bragging rights for the winner. The Garnets and Huskies will renew that rivalry October 17 in Harrison.

Six days earlier, however, the rival towns will converge on Feeley Field for a football game that goes beyond winning or losing. Rye and Harrison High School graduates of 1986, ‘87, and ’88 will play flag football to raise money and awareness for Charley’s Fund. The charity is named for 1988 HHS graduate Benjy Seckler’s son, who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Children with DMD cannot produce dystrophin, a protein necessary for muscle strength and function. As a result, every skeletal muscle in the body deteriorates. Although Duchenne is the most common fatal genetic disorder to affect children, there is no cure.

SPORTS-Garnets help Charleys fund_picnik
The game came about after two 1987 Harrison graduates, Jay Caruso and Roseann Botte Giglio, reconnected through Facebook. When Caruso, currently residing in San Diego, found out his old friend had married Sal Giglio, a former Rye High football player – or “the enemy” as he jokingly referred to him – he got the idea to have a reunion flag football game.

“I’ll be honest, I wasn’t terribly excited to play in a flag football game against heated rivals 20 years later,” said Giglio, who now calls Harrison home. “It seemed like a surefire way to ensure a trip to the emergency room. But, when I found out what the charity was for, I immediately knew that this was something we had to do.”

Many former players and classmates shared Giglio’s reaction to the idea. The trepidation they felt about something as  punishing and intense as a renewed Rye-Harrison clash changed once they found out it was for charity. From that point on, anyone who could make it signed on.

Giglio reached out to Myles Lavelle, Rye’s 1985 team captain and current City Council candidate, and he was able to recruit a lot of players. Jimmy Stavrides, a 1986 graduate and owner of the new Greek’s Pizza Kitchen (formerly Midland Deli), is donating pizzas for the event and playing in the game. Tom Codispoti, 1987 graduate and part owner of the Rye Roadhouse, is hosting a pregame get together for the players at his restaurant. Eric Moy, a 1988 grad who works at family-owned Fong’s Laundry, has been extremely active in promoting the event. After the game, the teams will gather at Uncle Henry’s restaurant in Harrison, owned by the King family from Rye. Joe King, 1987 grad, is organizing Rye’s team by designing plays and ordering the jerseys. Even the Rye police union is looking for a way to get involved.

“I think it’s truly inspiring to see everyone coming together for this great cause,” said Caruso. “Harrison is connected to the issue directly, but the Rye players and community have been amazing in helping their rivals in a time of need. The response from our alumni at Harrison has also been incredible. Craig Calcagni headlined a group of volunteers and fundraisers including Sandy Lindh and Kristin Ciafone, who have both spent countless hours on this project.”

Thanks to all the hard work on both sides, “The Game for a Cure” will kick off October 11 at 1 p.m. in Harrison.

“We know there will be some great YouTube moments during the flag football game, moments people won’t want to miss, a few laughs at the players’ expense,” said Giglio. “Also, the charity is amazing. As parents, it just tears at your heart when you hear that someone’s child who is physically fit will be wheelchair-bound by their early teens, with little chance to live past their early twenties. We hope that people come and learn more about Charley and DMD at the game and make a donation. Admission is free, but we are looking for people to help find a cure. All donations will go to doing just that.”

For more information go to http://www.huskieshelpcharleysfund.com and http://www.charleysfund.org.

And now for a walk down memory lane …

Rye-Harrison, 1985

Rye 7, Harrison 0 (1985)

Rye-Harrison, 1985

Rye 7, Harrison 0 (1985)

Rye 7, Harrison 0 (1985)

Rye 7, Harrison 0 (1985)

Rye 7, Harrison 0 (1985)

Rye 7, Harrison 0 (1985)

Rye 7, Harrison 0 (1985)

Rye 7, Harrison 0 (1985)

Rye 15, Harrison 12 (1986)

Rye 15, Harrison 12 (1986)

Rye 15, Harrison 12 (1986)

Rye 15, Harrison 12 (1986)

Rye 15, Harrison 12 (1986)

Rye 15, Harrison 12 (1986)

Rye 15, Harrison 12 (1986)

Rye 15, Harrison 12 (1986)

Harrison 6, Rye 0 (1987)

Harrison 6, Rye 0 (1987)

Harrison 6, Rye 0 (1987)

Harrison 6, Rye 0 (1987)

Benj Seckler and Coach Troilo (1987)

Benj Seckler and Coach Troilo (1987)

Harrison 6, Rye 0 (1987)

Harrison 6, Rye 0 (1987)

Harrison 6, Rye 0 (1987)

Harrison 6, Rye 0 (1987)

Advertisements

One Response to “REMINDER — Rye and Harrison grads play for cure October 11”

  1. Diane Esposito Braiotta Says:

    Hi Roseann,

    Diane Esposito, your old neighbor on Parsons Street! I think this is such a wonder plan put together… and such a great cause! I wish I could have been there but I was marching in the Columbus Day parade in Port Chester, where I now live. If you ever need help with organizing or helping out in any way, please let me know.
    My cell phone is 914-450-7698.

    Please send my best to your family!

    With love ~ Diane Esposito Braiotta (HHS Class of ’77)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: