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Courage Bowl Crowd Raises Funds for Camp Good Days

September 18, 2017

A sell-out crowd at Growney Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 16, helped raise funds for Camp Good Days and Special Times during Courage Bowl XIII.

Fisher football players enter the field with honorary coaches from Camp Good Days and Special Times.

The annual football game, played between St. John Fisher College and the College at Brockport, helps offset the cost of services to children and families dealing with cancer and other illnesses.

“It is hard to believe that on October 1st, Camp Good Days will begin its 39th year of providing programs and services to help improve the quality of life of children affected by cancer and sickle cell anemia.  One of the things I am most proud of is that I have been able to keep the promise that I made when I started Camp Good Days; that all of our services and programs would be provided free of charge to the participants so as not to place any additional financial burden on the families,” said Gary Mervis, founder of Camp Good Days and assistant coach at Fisher. “I am only able to keep this promise because of the generosity of people in our community who believe in what we do, and because of our special events like the Annual Courage Bowl and the support of organizations like St. John Fisher College and the College at Brockport.”

Fisher cheerleaders hold camper Erika Berry in a mount during Courage Bowl XIII.

Fisher cheerleaders hold camper Erika Berry in a mount during Courage Bowl XIII.

For the football teams and cheerleaders, it’s a chance to give campers an opportunity to feel a part of an athletic team. Alexander Brown, age 10; Connor Stanton, age 11; and Logan Dileo, age 12 served as Fisher’s honorary coaches, leading the team onto the field, standing midfield for the coin toss, and coaching the players from the sidelines.

Ryleigh Farrel, age 6, and Erika Berry, age 9, were chosen as Fisher’s honorary cheerleaders, cheering with the Cardinal squad during the game.

Brockport walked away with the Courage Bowl Trophy this year, marking the Cardinal’s first Courage Bowl loss in 13 years. 

The season continues for Fisher next Saturday, Sept. 23, as the Cardinals travel to Oneonta to take on Hartwick in another Empire 8 Conference clash.