Over 200 attended the 8th annual Horsey Family Celebrity Golf banquet Wednesday night at the Heritage Shores Country Club and rubbed shoulders with some of the NFL football greats, enjoying dinner, conversation and an auction of signed sports memorabilia including a signed baseball by Micky Mantle, a side panel from one of Dale Earnhardt’s cars, to signed football jerseys including one signed by Raven quarterback Joe Flacco when he played with the U of DE, all to raise money for the Horsey Foundation.
The Foundation was funded with $10,000 by David G. Horsey and Family to further youth sports and education . The HFYF now helps youth sports teams’ statewide and Maryland, totaling 4-5,000 kids. Horsey stated his group has awarded over $200,000 to youth groups.
The key speaker for th evening was former Philadelphia Eagle wide receiver and special teams player Vince Papale who was the inspiration for the 2006 movie Invincible.
Papale, who at age 30, participated in a try-out for then coach Dick Vermeil the only one out of many who tried out and made the team thus becoming the oldest rookie in the history of the NFL to play without the benefit of college football experience (other than kickers).
A school teacher at the time he went on to play wide receiver and special teams for the Eagles from 1976 through 1978. He was voted Special Teams Captain by his teammates and (Man of the Year) by the Eagles in 1978 for his many charitable activities
The movie made of him became a #1 box office hit and DVD’s have sold over 1 million copies of which he joked he doesn’t get a dime.
Papale who now resides in N.J. gave an inspiring presentation how a person can make a difference in a person’s life illustrating the leadership and inspiration given by his football coach as an example.
Also in attendance was Chad Unitas, son of 1979 Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas of the former Baltimore Colts.