SPOTSWOOD, NJ - A borough's Emergency Services unit is a mainstay at every Spotswood High School home football game, which is why the players and coaching staff in conjunction with the Spotswood Touchdown Club thought it was important to give something back to Spotswood EMS.
Hurricane Irene was a storm to remember for many borough residents, but the 2011 storm that struck in late August destroyed Spotswood's Emergency Services Building. While the vehicles were saved, the borough's Emergency Services department lost equipment, furniture, computers, a newly installed HVAC system and more. After being relocated for more than five years in temporary housing on American Way, it finally reopened on February 10 with a special Open House.
On Tuesday, July 24 from 9 a.m. until noon, the Chargers along with longtime Head Coach Andy Cammarano will be giving the outside of the Emergency Services building some TLC. The effort was coordinated by the Spotswood Touchdown Club with the support of Spotswood EMS, the Spotswood Department of Public Works and the Spotswood Board of Education.
The Touchdown Club is a non-profit organization that supports the Spotswood High School football program through fundraising endeavors and more. The parent and guardian volunteers that make up the Touchdown Club man the Snack Bar at all Charger home football games and are also the hands and faces behind the pre-game pasta dinners for the players and cheerleaders.
However, in addition to fundraising, the Touchdown Club also works to give back to the community with events like Charger Community Give Back Day on July 24. In 2013, after Hurricane Sandy, the Touchdown Club and the Spotswood High School football team lent a much-needed hand to Monmouth County's Union Beach.
The town was decimated by Sandy and players as well as Touchdown Club parents traveled down to Union Beach to help with the cleanup. Initially, the Touchdown Club provided a sandwich and a drink to Mater Dei High School players after a home game with the Serphs. Many of Mater Dei's players at the time hailed from Union Beach.
Afterwards, the team decided they wanted to do something more for the now struggling Bayshore community and the Touchdown Club worked with Union Beach's Gateway Church of Christ Disaster Response Team to arrange the cleanup day.
“You love to have wins during the season, but these are wins in life,” Spotswood Athletics Director Bill Visokay said in an interview appearing in USA Today. “These kids now understand what it takes later in life, not only to go through your own ups and downs, but also helping your neighbors, helping your friends and helping other people in the community.”