Investors Savings Bank is heading to the football field to provide inner city youth with positive role models. Once again, the Bank is joining with the Leaders for Life organization to provide 300 young players with a view of the important options in life available to each of them.
The all-day program, which shows youngsters the value of making positive choices, is geared to 12-and 13-year old football players. For a setting, the program is shaped around the 33rd Investors’ North-South All-Star Football Classic that will be played at Kean University on Monday, June 27. The game features 88 of the Garden State’s leading senior football players who are competing in their final high school game before heading off in new directions. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., and tickets will be available on game day at the Kean Alumni Stadium box office.
Leaders-For-Life, Investors, and other corporate sponsors are hosting 300 young players from Camden, East Orange, Irvington, Lindenwold, Newark, and Paterson. The day begins with a tour of the Kean University campus, followed by a banquet lunch with the high school all-stars. Delivering the keynote address at the luncheon is former NFL player Lonnie Allgood, who played for Syracuse University and was drafted by the NFL following graduation. He ended his six-year pro career playing with the Buffalo Bills.
Today, Mr. Allgood, who attended Red Bank Regional High School, is the CEO of Dreams for Kids. He founded this non-profit organization that encourages young people to work hard, take positive action, and aspire to greatness.
“We completely support the mission of Leaders-For-Life and Dreams for Kids,” said Investors’ President and CEO Kevin Cummings. “Our nation’s future greatness depends on young people who are carefully motivated and guided on their journey to achieve their potential.”
Later in the day, the New Jersey State Police will show the young players how law enforcement officers serve and protect men, women, and children. State Police’s Acting Major Joseph Hines, who was a star football player at Texas Christian University and with the Washington Redskins, has arranged for players to meet elite officers from the Special Operations Section. This includes skilled personnel from the State Police’s Marine Services Bureau, Canine Unit and the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) group. And, officers from the Aviation Bureau are expected to land a helicopter at the University, and boys are going to get an up-close view of the copter.
“Our goal is to nurture the desire in these young players to make the most of their lives, and we believe that one-on-one contact with positive role models can make a difference,” said Ken Trimmer, who is the head football coach at James Caldwell High School and the founder of Leaders-For-Life. “We want to keep hundreds of these kids in school and on the playing field and off the tough streets, where they can become easy prey for urban gangs.”
The young players will also receive a backpack filled with useful gear. Investors, along with PSE&G and Verizon, have donated a wristwatch with the North-South All-Star logo, an electronic dictionary and spellchecker, an innovative vocabulary builder, and other items.
In describing the success of the Leaders-For-Life program, Mr. Trimmer said, “All the events, activities, and special attention make an incredible impression on these young players. After they return home, our volunteers stay in touch with them and encourage the young players to set and work toward future goals in sports, high school, and college.”
33rd Investors North-South All-Star Classic
The North Team is looking to build on last year’s 17-3 victory over the tough team of South Jersey All-Stars. A win by the North, if it happens, will even the series score with the South, which now holds a slim 15-14-2 margin of success in the annual game.
In addition to the roster of outstanding players, the North will be led by a coaching staff that has produced many winning football teams. Doug Wilkins, former football coach at Mountain Lakes High School, is the Head Coach for the North team. Mr. Wilkins is one of the most winning coaches in the State’s high school gridiron history.
In addition, the coaching staff for North team features Coach Marty Horn, Madison High School, offensive coordinator; Coach Chris Hull, Morristown High School, defensive coordinator; and Coach Chuck Tepper, Vernon High School, special teams coordinator.
The formidable South team will be guided by Head Coach Michael D. McBride, the former football coach of Woodrow Wilson High School in Winslow Township. N.J. Coach McBride was named Coach of the Year by many high school sportswriters after his team achieved a 12-0 season and became the South Jersey Group 3 Football Champions.
Also, the coaching staff for the North team features Coach Lou Vircello, Lacey Township High School, offensive coordinator; Coach Kemp Carr, Penns Grove High School, defensive coordinator; and Coach Durwin Pearson, Camden High School, special teams coordinator.
About Investors Savings Bank
Investors Savings Bank, headquartered in Short Hills, New Jersey, is a full-service community bank that has been serving customers since 1926. With $9.6 billion in assets and a network of over 80 retail branches, Investors delivers personalized services and products tailored to the needs of its customers. Investors’ consumer banking services include complete deposit products, online banking, home equity loans and lines of credit and a full array of mortgage loans.
Serving the business community, Investors provides deposit accounts, cash management services, business loans and lines of credit, and commercial real estate financing solutions to small and middle market companies, professional services firms, municipalities and other businesses. Investors is a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.
For more information, contact Investors at 1.800.252.8119 or visit www.isbnj.com.