Oct 03, 2014

2014 Fight Like Dylan Award Entries Now Open

Russell Athletic has begun accepting entries for the fourth annual “Fight Like Dylan Award,” named in honor of former high school football player Dylan Rebeor.  Russell Athletic will donate apparel and equipment via a $50,000 grant to one high school team that demonstrates determination through sports, paying tribute to Dylan’s exemplary character, courage, and selflessness.  The award winner will be announced during the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando.

To be eligible for the “Fight Like Dylan Award,” participants must submit an entry at FightLikeDylan.org explaining how their team overcame a challenge or succeeded in the face of adversity.  Entries will be accepted now through December 5. 

Rebeor was a wide receiver at Columbia (Tenn.) Central High School, but tragically passed away in 2010 at the age of 16 after courageously battling colon cancer. Despite insuperable obstacles during treatment, his commitment and dedication to his team never wavered. In one final act of selflessness, Dylan requested that his teammates receive new uniforms as his last wish. Inspired by their fallen teammate, the Columbia Central Lions went on to win their first state championship in 58 years. 

Once entries are closed, Ketchum Sports & Entertainment and Russell Athletic narrow down entries and a voting panel-including Russell Athletic ambassadors and pro football players Pierre Garcon, Mark Ingram, and Colt McCoy and Heath Rebeor (Dylan’s mother) – will select ad winner.

Last year’s winning school was Buena Vista High School in Colorado.  After a rock sliding tragedy took the lives of key members in the Buena Vista community, the football team persevered through the emotional time to finish with an 11-1 record.

More information on the “Fight Like Dylan Award” is available at FightLikeDylan.org.

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