Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garçon and QB Colt McCoy are two judges for the Fight Like Dylan Award. Russell Athletics provides a $50,000 grant to supply equipment to one high school that shows perseverance through sports. The award was started to honor the life of Dylan Rebeor, a terminally ill player whose last wish was to provide new equipment for his teammates. Below are a few quotes from Pierre Garcon, the official press release, and a link to the website to enter your high school. Entries will be accepted until December 5th, 2014.
"Giving a high school team new uniforms or providing a high school team with whatever they need, that makes them feel cared about and inspires them to do well in classes and on the field, and that can carry on to everyday life. It gives them momentum and confidence to succeed for the rest of their life. Pushing those guys in the right direction is definitely a good boost for them."
"I've been with Russell for three years now and Fight Like Dylan is one of their big event promotions for the community. I definitely wanted to team up and be a part of it."
"In terms of the judges I'm paired with, it's an honor to be with Coach Dungy, a former Heisman winner [Mark Ingram], and Colt McCoy. Dylan's mother is a very tough woman for everything she's been through as well. I'm just happy to be a part of it."
The Official Press Release:
Russell Brands, LLC, announced today it will begin accepting entries for the fourth annual Russell Athletic "Fight Like Dylan Award," named in honor of Dylan Rebeor, a high school football player whose last wish was for his teammates to receive new uniforms. Through this initiative, Russell Athletic will donate apparel and equipment via a $50,000 grant to one high school team that has demonstrated determination through sports, paying tribute to Dylan's remarkable character, courage and consideration of others. This year, submissions can be made at www.fightlikedylan.org.
Rebeor was a wide receiver on Columbia (Tenn.) Central High School's football team, but tragically passed away at the age of 16 on Dec. 3, 2010 after a courageous battle with colon cancer. Despite Dylan's insurmountable challenges during treatment, his commitment and dedication to his team never wavered. Inspired by their fallen teammate, that season the Columbia Central Lions took home their first state championship in 58 years.
"Russell Athletic is proud to celebrate the tremendous courage of Dylan Rebeor under the most challenging of circumstances," said Robby Davis, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Russell Athletic. "Each year, we are inspired by the remarkable support of communities who overcome great obstacles to allow their youth sports teams to succeed both on and off the field. This is truly one of Russell Athletic's proudest and most revered programs."
Last year's "Fight Like Dylan Award" recipient was Buena Vista high school in the town of Buena Vista, CO. The Buena Vista community suffered an awful tragedy earlier in 2013, when a rock slide took the lives of five people on a family hike, including assistant football coach Dwayne Johnson and his wife, track and field coach Dawna Johnson. Three other family members also passed away, but with Dwayne's strength and courage, he was able to save the lone survivor, the couple's 13-year-old daughter, Gracie Johnson. The football team was overcome with emotion the rest of the season but made an incredible run, finishing with an 11-1 record before falling in the CHSAA 1A Football Championship state semifinals.
Previous winners include:
- 2013: Buena Vista HS, Buena Vista, CO
- 2012: Williamsport HS, Williamsport, MD
- 2011: Edmondson HS, Brownsville, KY
To be eligible for the "Fight Like Dylan Award," participants must submit an entry at www.fightlikedylan.org explaining how their team overcame a challenge or triumphed in the face of adversity. Entries will be accepted now throughDecember 5. The contest's official rules are also available on the site.
"Dylan had an extraordinary life and always inspired others while dealing with difficult circumstances," said Heather Rebeor, Dylan's mother. "We're so proud that Dylan's memory and spirit will live on through the Russell Athletic ‘Fight Like Dylan Award.' He truly cared about others more than himself and now his legacy will continue with youth sports teams across the country."
Russell Athletic ambassadors and pro football players Pierre Garçon, Mark Ingram, and Colt McCoy will serve on the "Fight Like Dylan Award" selection committee. Also on the committee is Dylan's mother, Heather, and Columbia Central High School head coach, Vance Belew. The fourth annual winner of the "Fight Like Dylan Award" will be announced at the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl, taking place in late December at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium, in Orlando, FL.
For more information, official rules or to submit an entry for the "Fight Like Dylan Award", please visit www.fightlikedylan.org.
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