RANDOLPH, NJ- On Thursday September 1, the Randolph Bulldogs youth football program joined forces with the Madison Junior Dodgers football program to help support the family of the late Madison police Captain Joe Cirella, who lost his battle with cancer last December.
Cirella, who was a Randolph resident, leaves behind his wife, Amy, who grew up in Madison and is the daughter of the late MPD officer, Jerry Sarles. Cirella is also survived by his daughter (Caroline) and two sons, (Joey and Nicholas) who both play in the Randolph Junior Football Program.
The evening saw three fields filled with players from all levels, as third graders on up to eighth graders squared off, taking turns running practice plays and game scenarios to get ready for their upcoming seasons.
The Randolph program’s board of directors had been discussing holding some sort of large scale event this pre-season with all age groups involved. The scrimmage with Madison, and the connection of Cirella between the two towns, provided the perfect opportunity for all involved to do something great.
"Every team involved will walk away winners, as the evening’s events will be in support of one Randolph family with Madison roots," said Tom Leck, President of Madiosn Jr. Football.
Two uniformed Madison Police Department officers were in attendance to show respect and support. Leck presented the Cirella family with a donation from the Madison program, and the Randolph program will donate all proceeds from the evenings’ food sales, and any other donations received, directly to the family.
"As members of the Morris County Youth Football League, we have the opportunity to do great things for our program and for others in our football family who need us. Through our generosity, we can help while teaching our young athletes the concept of lending a hand in order to make a difference in the lives of people who really are not that different from us. We all win," said Leck.
The Madison Police Department continues to raise funds for Capt. Cirella’s family thru donations collected from the community. Donations can be made via check made out to Madison PBA 92 with "Cirella Fund" in the memo field and mailed to 62 Kings Rd, Madison, NJ 07940.