Most professional football players are hardly boy scouts on the field, but who says they can’t work to benefit them off it?
On June 19, erstwhile Philadelphia Eagles head coach Dick Vermeil and a cadre of his former players will team up at for the 20th Annual . All proceeds from the event–which totaled $150,000 last year–will go to the Chester County Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Along with Vermeil, who coached the team from 1976-1982 before going on to win a Super Bowl with the St. Louis Rams, Eagles greats Harold Carmichael, Bill Bergey, Ron Jaworski, and Vince Papale will be in attendance–as will former Ram and Chiefs quarterback Trent Green.
“[The tournament] is a huge source of revenue for the Chester County scouts,” said Rick Curth, the scouts’ director of development.
“And this year we expect to raise at least as much, if not more, than we did last year.”
Curth said the money goes into the organization’s general fund, but will likely be used, in large part, to finance their scout outreach program; an initiative that aims to extend scouting opportunities to children who, for financial reasons, would otherwise be unable to join up. In Chester County, Curth said that usually means pursuing kids from the migrant working families in the southern part of the county.
“$150,000 can pay for a lot of scouts,” he said, adding that it costs about $200 per year to fund a boy scout’s activities.
The 128-golfer tournament kicks off with a shotgun start at 11:15 a.m. and ends with a 6 p.m. dinner and live auction that will be co-hosted by Vermeil and former Eagle Kevin Reilly.