Recent Indian River High School graduate Collin Donaway will be participating in this weekend’s Blue-Gold Game at the University of Delaware. The game benefits the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens (DFRC).
The Blue-Gold High School participants include ambassadors, band members, cheerleaders and football players. All of them play a role in the success the DFRC Blue-Gold program, and the DFRC mission to “enrich the lives of Delawareans with intellectual disABILITIES.”
“It is truly an honor to be a part of this game,” Donaway said from his dorm at the University of Delaware between practices on Tuesday. “I am happy to be able to wear the IR helmet one last time in this game.”
Donaway will be attending DelTech in the fall, and will be working toward becoming a paramedic. He is a member of the Gold team, and will be wearing No. 73 for the game, which is Saturday, June 23.
Players in the Blue-Gold Game are nominated by their own high school head football coach, and then approved by their school’s athletic director and principal through a character verification process. All-State or All-Conference athletes are not automatically selected to play in the Blue-Gold Game.
All players nominated must meet Blue-Gold character standards. The Blue and Gold head coaches, selected by the Delaware Interscholastic Football Coaches Association (DIFCA), then select team players to play in the game from the nominees submitted.
“I found out about being selected after receiving a text message from my coach,” Donaway said of coach Phil Townsend. “We are up here [at UD] all week for practices twice a day. It’s been a lot of fun, and I am looking forward to the game.”
Three dozen players are selected for each team. The Blue Team consists of players from most of the high schools in New Castle County. The Gold Team comprises players from all high schools in Kent and Sussex counties, as well as the Christina and Appoquinimink District high schools.
Each high school with a Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association-sanctioned football team that has qualified seniors will have at least one representative on a Blue-Gold squad each year; however, no school may have more than four representatives in a single year.
Many of the students take part in the Hand-in-Hand program, where they are matched with children and young adults — Blue-Gold All-Star Buddies — to share their Blue-Gold experience leading up to game day.
Each month of the program, there are statewide events — a dance party, a bowling outing, a picnic, and more — that are organized by the DFRC Blue-Gold Committee. Participants and buddies often get together between events to see movies, go to school events, or just talk and hang out together.
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By Jason Feather