SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The Columbia High School Softball team will celebrate legacy of 9/11 hero Welles Crowther and support The Red Bandana Project in a game vs. Newark Academy on Friday, April 19 at 7 PM.  At 6:55 PM, Welles’ parents, Jefferson and Alison Crowther, will throw out the first pitch.  The game is scheduled to be held on Meadowlands Field #3, across from Floods Hill. 

After graduating from Boston College, Welles Crowther became an equities trader in the World Trade Center, but was considering a career change. He had always wanted to be a firefighter.  On September 11, 2001, when the towers were struck, he took charge and led several groups of survivors down to safety.  He is responsible for saving at least a dozen lives.  Some spoke of the stranger in the red bandana that had saved them.

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Now, the legacy of the young man from Nyack, New York, known for carrying a red bandana since the age of 6, is being spread as an example of playing fair and helping others.

Crowther’s story was featured in an ESPN documentary in 2011 that won an Emmy Award (see video link below).   His life story and the film are key components of a new curriculum that creates opportunities for learning about love and forgiveness. Developed by the Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust, which was founded by Welles' family, the curriculum will be shared with K-12 students and athletes.

CHS is one of the pilot schools participating in the character-building curriculum for the Man With the Red Bandana Project.  Each week, a bandana is awarded to a softball player who best demonstrates Welles' character.  The previous winner passes it to the new player and they have it for the week.  The red bandana symbolizes strength, honor and courage.

The community is invited to come watch the game and help celebrate Crowther's legacy.

Here is the video: