Eddie Meath All-Star Game opportunity | News
The Eddie Meath All-Star game is an opportunity for high school seniors to play one last game before heading off to college.
Competitors become teammates and it also gives the athletes a chance to do something that stretches far beyond the football field.
West All-Star Head Coach Gene Mastin retired last season after a stellar career at Hornell but just try to keep him away from his playbook for the Eddie Meath All-Star game. “My last game was last year, this is just a plus one.”
All of the kids playing are All-Greater Rochester -- nominated by their coaches to be part of this annual tradition for what they do on the field and off.
Hornell quarterback Dominic Scavo said, “Some of the guys you hate for four quarters all season but we talk on Facebook and text and hang out, so to be on the same team is cool.”
Scavo wants to play and give back gives competitors a chance to play on one team and raises money for Golisano Children's Hospital. “We're playing for kids that don't have the opportunity to know the feeling of running through a tunnel before a game with big crowds. That's a big honor.”
Rush-Henrietta wide receiver Christian Harris said, “To know that you're running with some of the guys that you’re usually tackling or blocking for you now is a great experience. To play with the great players around here to play is a great honor.”
Harris and Pittsford’s star running back Dominick DeLucia are rivals all season but in this game they are playing for DeLucia's younger brother, who has diabetes. “My little brother was in the children's hospital and I think it's great we can help those kids, not help them medically, but lift their spirits.”
An ice cream social on the play deck at Golisano Children's Hospital means more to these athletes than the final score. It's a life lesson that reaches beyond the game of football.
Harris says, “Kids -- they look up to us. To be able to be there for the kids means a lot to me.”
The 30th annual football game is Saturday at 7 p.m. at St. John Fisher. The money raised will go to Golisano Children’s Hospital.