By Evan Bourtis and Tyler English, Staff Writers
The SUNY Brockport football team will face St. John Fisher in the 12th annual Courage Bowl on Saturday, September 16. While the Cardinals seek a win, the event will create funds that will benefit Camp Good Days.
Camp Good Days is an organization located in New York State that organizes programs and services for children with cancer and sickle cell anemia. The money raised from the Courage Bowl will help fund camp activities.
MarcAnthony Bucci, the social media manager for Camp Good Days said, “The number one thing we offer is a recreational camping experience for children and families affected by cancer down at our Keuka Lake, Branchport Facility. All of our services are free of charge, so we do not put any extra financial burden on those families at this time.”
Some activities at the camp include day trips, golfing, swimming, archery, horseback riding, utilizing the playground and other recreational sports.
Athletes and fans can interact on a personal level with campers who will act as honorary coaches during the game. Bucci said that this allows the kids to be a part of a college team but also understand the purpose of this game.
For Fisher football player Dave Carroll, the involvement with the Courage Bowl has developed into something larger.
“The honorary coaches are great, they bring a lot of positive energy to our football team while they’re with us,” he said. “They’ve made a huge impact on my life, so much so that I now actually work for Coach Mervis at Camp Good Days.”
Members of each football team established a relationship with campers and witnessed the impact the Courage Bowl could have during a recent visit to the camp, mentioned Bucci.
After reflecting on the visit, Brockport student athlete Nathaniel Keith said the event behind the game “…means more than just a football game…makes the players want to play even harder.”
The Courage Bowl will strive to have a greater purpose than just a football game.
Bucci said, “go beyond yourself and help those who can never help you back. And that partnership between St. John Fisher college and Camp Good Days is a a vital lifeline that we need to be able to help.”