Army-Navy Cup Committee Honors Carly Stoner, Christopher Griffin, with 2018 1st Lt. Travis Manion & Cpl. Michael Crescenz Award
The Manion/Crescenze Award will be presented at halftime of Army-Navy Cup VII, to be played October 12 at Talen Energy Stadium.
The Army-Navy Cup Committee is proud to present the 2018 1st Lieutenant Travis Manion & Corporal Michael Crescenz Award to Carly Stoner and Christopher Griffin.
The Manion/Crescenz Award was introduced in 2016 to honor two men who lived by the motto “If Not Me Then Who…” 1st Lt. Manion and Cpl. Crescenz exemplified selfless service and lived lives of substance and not just existence. They gave their lives defending our country.
The Manion/Crescenz Award goes to two high school soccer players, one boy and one girl, who exhibit the same qualities as 1st Lt. Manion and Cpl. Crescenz. The honorees are chosen by a committee made up of representatives from the Travis Manion Foundation, Philadelphia Union and Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer, all of which have representatives on the Army-Navy Cup Committee.
“In speaking with their coaches and reading about their exploits, it was evident just how important Carly and Chris are to their communities, both on and off the soccer field,” said Rob Bender, Director of Advancement at Travis Manion Foundation. “They are selfless young people who set positive examples for all around them.”
Carly Stoner, a senior captain at Biglerville High School, is known for her humility, hard work and selflessness on the soccer field. After losses, she is often the player who speaks up about the positive aspects of the team’s effort. In addition to captaining the soccer team, Carly has filled out her academic schedule. She is a tutor in algebra and biology, a member of the National Honor Society and an editor for the yearbook staff. Most importantly, Carly has created an indelible bond with her older brother, who has special needs, by attending and volunteering for Special Olympics events with him.
A senior at Central Bucks High School South, Christopher Griffin’s determination is as important an asset to his team’s success as any technical ability. Chris, in the words of his coach Joseph Coscia, “cares for his teammates and has stuck with them through wins and losses. He defends them completely, compliments them wholly and supports them endlessly.” He wears the captain’s armband with pride without seeking accolades.
Both recipients will be honored at halftime of Army-Navy Cup VII, which will take place Friday. October 12, at 7:00 PM at Chester’s Talen Energy Stadium. Colonel Tom Manion, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) and father of 1st Lt. Manion, and Mr. Joseph Crescenz, brother of Cpl. Crescenz, will present the awards on behalf of their families.
Tickets to Army-Navy Cup VII can be purchased at PhiladelphiaUnion.com.