Local volunteers, veterans to get recognition at Kennett football games

Kennett Square >> Emergency responders, police, fire volunteers, school administrators and local veterans are among those who will be honored at halftime of every Kennett High School home football game this year, except homecoming.

The idea is the brainchild of Scott Green, Kennett High School head football coach. He wanted to stage a special thanks to role models in the community who make a difference in people’s lives.

“I want to do this big,” he said, “and I wish we could do it bigger. It’s our way of giving back and saying thank you for their services to the community.”

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The first home football game on Sept. 5 against West Chester East will feature current and former military veterans. The Oct. 2 game against Unionville will feature all community first responders. The Oct. 10 game against Coatesville will feature current and former teachers and administrators of the Kennett Consolidated School District. Finally, the Oct. 24 game against West Chester Rustin will feature all volunteers for youth athletics in the Kennett area.

“I want our kids on the football team to experience and see how a small gesture can go a long way,” Green said. “We’re not only doing this to honor people in the community, but I want our kids on the team to learn something from this.”

Green said he is working to see if the high school marching band can play a part in the ceremonies. He said if it is received warmly from the community, he will make arrangements for it to be an annual occurrence.

“I want those people to walk down on the field at halftime and have everybody give them the round of applause they deserve,” Green said.

Barry Tomasetti, Kennett Consolidated superintendent, and Nick Perigo, Kennett Consolidated school board president, said they are supportive of Green’s idea.

“I’m really happy about it and I’m proud that we’re doing this,” Perigo said.

Contact Fran Maye at 610-235-2656.

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