If you go into the gymnasium at Mt. Hebron High School, you will find Bryan Vacca's name on the Hall of Fame banner because the school retired his basketball jersey.
Bryan, who graduated from Mt. Hebron in 1979, was not only one of the county's greatest basketball players ever, but he was also one of the nicest young men that I have ever met in my four-decade career here.
I always felt that Bryan was destined to do great things and I was right on.
On Feb. 11, Bryan will be inducted to the Randolph-Macon College Hall of Fame in Ashland, Va. He set all kinds of records for the Yellow Jackets.
He was the first player to average 20 points a game for an entire season. He stands at the top of the Randolph-Macon career list in free throw percentage and his 1,318 points rank him among the school's top 20 scorers of all time. His numbers could fill an entire page.
After graduating from Randolph-Macon, Bryan played professional basketball in Chile. He now lives in Finksburg with his wife, Mary Frances, and three children. Bryan is a regional sales representative for Secom Inc.
Make a difference
Parts of my column this week deal with young athletes raising money for good causes. I applaud each effort cited below.
I am urging all young athletes to do whatever they can do to make the lives of our citizens better. I don't care how much you give in terms of dollars and cents. I care that you realize the importance of your efforts.
If you provide comfort for those in need in other ways, then I say keep up the good work. I am asking you to continue making a difference.
Here are some recent examples of difference makers. The Mt. Hebron High School wrestling team raised $4,000 for cancer research with its Mt. Hebron Wrestles Cancer fundraiser. The team sold black and gold wrist bands for $5 each and designated the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Paige Hilfer Assistance Fund (for breast cancer) as the recipients of its efforts.
The Howard County Youth Program girls basketball teams will help the Kay Yow Cancer Fund promote awareness and research on ending breast cancer by attempting to raise $2,500. Their efforts will be recognized at halftime of the Play4Kay UMBC vs. Binghampton women's basketball game Feb. 15. HCYP girls in attendance at the game will join the UMBC players on the court during the National Anthem.
Howard Community College's basketball teams raised $150 in a Coaches vs. Cancer game last week. Glenelg Country School's boys and girls basketball teams of all levels will participate in a Pink Out this Saturday at Annapolis Area Christian School.