The 2014 Russell Athletic ‘Fight Like Dylan Award’ is presented to Shoreham-Wading River High School during the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl Press Conference; L-R, Clemson University head coach Dabo Swinney; Russell Athletic senior vice president, general manager, Robby Davis; Shoreham-Wading High School assistant coach Tom Fabian; University of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. (Credit: Russell Athletic, courtesy)
Dylan Rebeor wasn’t around for his team’s finest moment on the football field.
Diagnosed with colon cancer in spring 2010, the 16-year-old from Columbia, Tenn. didn’t live long enough to see his Columbia Central teammates win a state title.
But before he died, he made a pledge to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for his team to receive new uniforms.
Since his passing, Russell Athletic has honored his memory by awarding a $50,000 uniform and equipment grant to a high school that overcame a challenge or triumphed in the face of adversity while embodying Dylan’s spirit and courage.
On Sunday, the “Fight Like Dylan” award was presented to Shoreham-Wading River High School, whose football team finished its first unbeaten season last month as Long Island champions, despite the October death of lineman Thomas Cutinella, who died hours after suffering an on-field injury. (more…)