NFL legend Vermeil to award scholarships here
His involvement called 'really incredible' BY P.J. REILLY, Staff Writer
Former NFL coach Dick Vermeil will present scholarships to two Lancaster County high school students.
The first-ever Louis and Dick Vermeil Scholarships for Automotive Technology will be awarded May 15 by the Super Bowl champion to Lancaster County Career & Technology Center students at an LCCTC charity banquet.
"We've never had a speaker at our banquet before, so to have someone of Coach Vermeil's caliber as our first is really incredible," said King Knox, president of LCCTC Foundation.
The scholarships -- each worth $5,000 -- are being funded by The Brossman Charitable Foundation, and they will be presented every year to two seniors in LCCTC's automotive technology program who are interested in continuing their education.
"This is a commitment that the foundation has made (to LCCTC) in perpetuity," said Bill Barnett, vice president and senior trust officer at ENB Money Management Group, which is the trustee for the Brossman foundation.
The foundation was launched by Bertha Brossman Blair, whose family founded D&E Communications in Ephrata.
Vermeil once served as a spokesman for D&E and is friends with Garth Sprecher, Blair's nephew and a retired D&E chief accounting officer.
Louis Vermeil is Dick's late father, who owned an automotive repair garage and raced cars in California, according to Barnett.
"Dick's a big car guy," Barnett said.
"He always said if he didn't go into football, he would have been in the auto business."
Vermeil, of course, did go into football, working from 1976-82 as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, from 1997-99 as head coach of the St. Louis Rams and from 2001-2005 as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Under Vermeil, the Rams won the Super Bowl during the 1999 season.
His Eagles were NFC champions in 1980 but lost to the Oakland Raiders in that season's Super Bowl.
Vermeil is scheduled to appear at two events organized by the LCCTC Foundation on May 15, for which tickets are still available.
The first is billed as a "student and leadership symposium" and luncheon at Lancaster Country Club from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., where Vermeil is scheduled to speak about leadership.
Individual tickets are $50, with table sponsorships ranging from $400 to $5,000.
Some of the sponsorships include tickets to an exclusive meet-and-greet session with Vermeil.
The second event is the Fly on the Run banquet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at LCCTC's Mount Joy Campus.
That's the banquet where Vermeil will award the two scholarships to students whose identities are being kept secret until then, according to Knox.
Tickets are $100 for the banquet, with sponsorship opportunities ranging from $200 to $10,000.
The banquet precedes LCCTC's seventh annual Fly on the Run fly-fishing tournament, which will be held May 16 on Lititz Run at the Millport Conservancy property in Warwick Township.
The tournament and banquet typically raise about $50,000 annually for the LCCTC Foundation, which uses the money to provide scholarships to LCCTC students and to support the school.
"With Dick Vermeil's involvement this year, we're hoping to net more than that," Knox said.
Several of LCCTC's top students will be invited to attend both charity events to mingle with school supporters, said David Warren, the school's executive director.
"This will be a great experience for some of our students to hear Coach Vermeil talk about leadership," he said.
"I understand he's an excellent speaker on that topic."
As for the scholarships, "I think it would be an honor to receive it, and I know the winners will appreciate it very much," Warren said.
n Registration information for the LCCTC events featuring Vermeil is available at lcctc.org.