The North Catholic Soccer Alumni Association inducted its 7th Hall of Fame class during a March 30 ceremony at Romano’s Catering.
Red blazers, symbolizing their alma mater and athletic accomplishments, were sported by all previous inductees and presented to the new inductees.
This year’s inductees were Gene Chyzowych, ’54; Jim O’Donnell, ’72; Joe Steffa, ’76; Tim Comey, ’88; Mike Krecko, ’92; Chad Donnelly, ’00; Christopher Brunetti, ’03; and the 1977 soccer team.
Despite the permanent closing of North Catholic High School in June 2010, alumni have rallied to keep the North soccer tradition alive — the school won 22 Philadelphia Catholic League championships — and remain an active part of the community.
One of the ways this is accomplished is awarding scholarships. Aside from bringing together old friends, family and teammates, the hall of fame ceremony is one of several fundraisers to make Catholic education financially attainable for local students.
“That’s basically what it comes down to,” said Jerry Brindisi, former soccer coach at North. “We want to help people in the name of North Catholic and we’re always trying to take the high road. We’re not going away.” ••