Ambassadors, cheerleaders represent Lake Forest High at Blue-Gold game

NEWARK – The annual DFRC (Delaware Foundation for Reaching Citizens with disABILITIES) Blue-Gold football all-star game isn’t just about the game itself.

Schools across the state of Delaware have senior students who serve as ambassadors, cheerleaders and marching band members, in addition to the football players, representing their schools for the program.

At this year’s 62nd annual Blue-Gold game at the University of Delaware Saturday, June 17, Lake Forest High School had ambassadors and cheerleaders join Gold squad football player Cameron Lewis to represent the school.

Senior ambassadors Christian Harris and Drew Harris were chosen as Lake Forest’s representatives.

Christian Harris was supposed to play in the game, but an injury to his meniscus during the fall football season kept him off the field.

It didn’t keep him away from the Blue-Gold game, though.

“I was going to be in the game, but I tore my meniscus during the season so that kind of set me back,” he said. “But one of my teachers actually told me, because of my character, that being an ambassador would be good for me.”

His injury is cleared now, but he doesn’t regret being an ambassador for the game.

“It was definitely a humbling process,” he said. “I really appreciate things more, and it makes you think ‘if they can do it, why can’t you do it?’ It’s definitely a great thing to do and I think everybody should do it.”

His buddy from the Hand-in-Hand program was Ricky Hargis.

“We got really close real quick,” Christian said of his buddy, Ricky. “The first time I met him it was his birthday. I gave him a card and Ryan and I went bowling with him.”

The Hand-in-Hand program helps form bonds between peers that can last for years to come.

In the fall, Christian will be attending University of Delaware as a freshman, where he plans to study pre-med.

Elle Harden, Carter Kenton and Riana Miller served as junior ambassadors for Lake Forest.

The Gold team’s cheerleading squad included three Lake Forest cheerleaders: Brittany Rugg, Heaven Gibson and Kathryn Simpson. All three girls graduated a few weeks ago, but were awarded the opportunity to cheer as a member of a high school cheerleading squad one last time.

The Gold squad cheered on the sideline throughout the game, and had a performance on the field between the first and second quarters.

“It’s been a good experience. I like that we get to come out here and cheer with new people,” Heaven said. “But the buddies definitely have a big impact because they really appreciate life so much. And getting to go out and experience new things with them, it’s really an overall great experience.”

“I didn’t have a buddy this time around, but seeing other people with their buddies, it really shows that even if some people see them as different, they’re really just the same as you and I,” Brittany added.

“It’s been overall a great experience. I was able to have a buddy this year, so I was able to go to events with him. We went bowling, to the trampoline park, we went to Dairy Queen a few times. It’s really nice to see them outside of school and to just be able to hang out with them.”

Together, Kathryn and Cameron Lewis – who played in the Blue-Gold game for Lake – had Zachary Worthington as their Hand-in-Hand buddy.

“It was definitely a great experience, just being able to be around him and listening to his family tell Cameron and I about him was just a fun and great learning experience,” Kathryn added.

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

You are encouraged to leave relevant comments but engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility. (You can disagree with others courteously, without being disagreeable.) Feel free to express yourself but keep an open mind toward finding value in what others say. To report abuse or spam, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box.
[fbcomments url="" width="375" count="off" num="3"]