Brett Snyder has been an inspiration to all in the Northwestern Lehigh community.
The former Tigers and Lehigh University football standout has been battling ALS for more than a decade. His former schools, as well as many others in the New Tripoli area, have rallied around him as his battle has incurred many major financial debts.
Over the years, Snyder has helped others through his Tackle ALS Foundation, but now he needs assistance.
Wednesday night, some prominent people will be getting soaked and, perhaps, a little cold, all to benefit Brett and his family.
It's called the "Soak the Superintendent — Cold Water Challenge" and it's scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. in the administration office parking lot before the regularly scheduled board meeting.
Mary Anne Wright, Northwestern's superintendent, was challenged to participate in the Cold Water Challenge by her niece and Tigers senior Mallory Brinley and David Kerschner, a teacher and the school's track coach.
The CWC is an individual challenging another to jump into cold water or donate to a charitable cause.
As soon as the board of school directors heard that Wright was challenged, they came up with an idea that would allow the entire community to join together.
Wright has since taken part in a video on the school's website and Facebook page and has challenged the school board, staff and community to collectively donate $1,000 toward the Snyder medical assistance fund.
At last count, $720 has been pledged, according to athletic director Jason Zimmerman, with lots of soaking expected Wednesday night.
If $1,000 is raised, an anonymous donor has pledged to match it with another $1,000.
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BOYKO INKS DEAL WITH PANTHERS
It was a whirlwind couple of days for Northampton High and Lehigh University grad Billy Boyko, but it all ended well.
Boyko participated in a tryout camp for the Carolina Panthers last Thursday through Saturday. He flew back to the Lehigh Valley on Saturday night, went to one of his favorite places, Maple Grove Raceway, on Sunday and then went to work at Mack Trucks on Monday where he's an intern while pursuing his master's degree at Lehigh.
While at work on Monday, Boyko got a call from his agent saying that he needed to get back on a plane and return to Carolina.
The Panthers evidently liked what they saw from the hard-hitting, hustling linebacker and he signed a two-year deal with the team on Tuesday morning.
Various media outlets first reported the news and his father, Bill, confirmed all that had transpired over the last few days.
"It was a little crazy," Bill Boyko said. "But he's excited because he's worked so hard for this opportunity."
Boyko, an all-Patriot League selection who helped Lehigh win the league title and a FCS playoff game in 2011, will participate in the Panthers OTAs (Organized Team Activities) May 27-29, June 3-5 and June 9-12.
He reportedly caught the eye of former Eagles defensive coordinator and current Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.
Boyko was in the Raiders' training camp last season and was one of the last cuts.
He also had a look with the Cardinals last season and several teams, including the Eagles, have contacted Boyko.
All the while he has continued to work out with Eric Markovcy of Lehigh's athletic training staff.
The Parkland powerlifting team did well at the recent Pennsylvania High School Powerlifting Championships at Glen Mills. With 17 high schools represented, the Trojans had two squads — one in the raw division with no knee wraps, bench shirts or squat suits, and the other in the equipped division.
The raw team finished second to Delaware Valley Charter by one point, while the equipped team finished third behind Glen Mills and Hershey High. This was the first time that a school split into two teams and placed in the top three in both divisions.
Winning bronze medals were: Matt Atiyeh, Justin Anderson, Shane Fisher, Nigel Redmond, Amir Wallace and Liam Gallagher.
Earning silver were: Andrew Bennett, Stephen Ewald, Danny Geinosky, Kyle Krisher, Ryan Wieand, James Gallagher and Zach Davies.
Taking gold were Austin Lucas, Noel Brouse, Nick Palopoli, Marios Delis and Patrick Ferry.
Also, the Twin City Barbell Club of Easton mentored three members of the Bethlehem City Special Olympics program who all performed well at the Anti-Drug Athletes United (ADAU) Power Day Championships in Bigler earlier this month.
Nick Oddo of Easton lifted in the 148-pound class and bench-pressed 110 pounds and deadlifted 187. Chris Spairana of Bethlehem bench-pressed 143 and deadlifted 292 pounds in the 165-pound class and Craig Maurer of Easton delivered a 143-pound bench and a 226-pound deadlift in the 198-pound class.
Assistant coach Don Kuhns of Whitehall participated in the bench press only and set a state age-group record (60-64) in the 198-pound class with 275 pounds.
Pius X held a signing ceremony for four athletes last week, including two members of its District 11 Class A runner-up boys basketball team.
Basketball players John Goffredo and Anthony Holmes committed to Wilkes University and Neumann University, respectively.
Also, wrestlers Dante Albanese and Vincent Vonelli committed to East Stroudsburg and Kutztown University, respectively.
Freedom graduate Craig Arner recently completed a stellar career as a member of the Moravian College track team.
During his career, the Greyhounds won four Landmark Indoor Conference titles and three outdoor championships. Arner competed in the 60 and 100 hurdles and also on the 4x100 relay team.
The highlight of Arner's career came in the ECAC 4x100 competition where Moravian finished seventh out of more than 50 teams.
Whitehall graduate Matt Kacyon finished third for Temple in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the IC4A Championships last weekend at Princeton University.
Kacyon's time of 8:51 ranked 30th in the nation among Division I schools.
Kacyon will compete at the end of the month at the NCAA Eastern Regionals in Jacksonville, Fla., where he will attempt to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships set for mid-June at the University of Oregon.
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