NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Hilltoppers and their fans had much to celebrate this weekend when they gathered for the Third Annual Summit Hilltopper Football Auction at Creative Wallcoverings & Interiors in New Providence.
The event raises money to benefit the Summit High School football program, which just finished its third undefeated regular season. Football-related items donated by local businesses and individuals were auctioned off while guests socialized and enjoyed the refreshments.
Summit High School football head coach John Liberato along with his staff and football parents and friends attended. Among the items to be bid on were photographs of numerous Hilltoppers football games and a Hilltoppers themed quilt.
The New York Jets pro football team organization also provided items such as signed footballs by players. The Jets head coach Rex Ryan's son Seth plays football for Summit High School. Ryan was unable to attend the event because he was with the Jets in Buffalo New York preparing to take on the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
The Hilltoppers are the Mountain Division Champions for 2009, 2010 and 2011. Liberato talked at the event about the team's success.
"Our strength is our community," he said. "Summit supports our players. The players want to produce every time they step onto the field. They always want to play their best. We have a tremendous team chemistry. Our youth program is also very strong and the coaches are always communicating with me. Our youth program is second to none. My staff and I are available as a resource to the youth coaches and we are ready to help in any way. By the time players reach the high school level they already have the mental and physical skills to contribute. Rick Carbone is our commissioner and he does an awesome job in organizing the coaches and the parents and makes sure everyone is on the same page."
The playoffs will begin in a few days, and the Hilltoppers are looking to go all the way with the strength of their supporters behind them.c