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Army-Navy Cup: 1st Lt. Travis Manion & Cpl. Michael Crescenz Award

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The Army-Navy Cup Committee is pleased to announce the fourth annual presentation of the First Lieutenant Travis Manion & Corporal Michael Crescenz Award. At Army-Navy Cup VIII, held at Talen Energy Stadium on Friday, October 11, this award will be presented to two high school-aged soccer players, one girl and one boy, who best exemplify the spirit of these two exemplary men who gave their lives in service to our country.   

Throughout their lives both Travis and Michael lived by the motto “If Not Me Then Who...” Whether it was standing up for someone who was being bullied, helping someone in need, or stepping in to lend a hand, they were the ones to take action and to act as role models for others. They exemplified selfless service and lived a life of substance and not just existence. 

We respectfully request that you nominate a player who lives by the motto “If Not Me Then Who...” to receive this award. 

On October 11 at Talen Energy Stadium, home of Philadelphia Union on the banks of the Delaware River in Chester, will host Army-Navy Cup VIII. The award will be presented at halftime of the match by members of the Manion and Crescenz families.

Nominees must be either juniors or seniors in high school, and nominations may come from clubs or schools. We ask that you limit your nomination to one page (500 words). Nominations can be submitted online by clicking below:

Manion Crescenz Nomination

Contact Rob Bender at rbender@travismanion.com with any questions. You may also call Rob at 267-625-3459.


The Army Navy Cup Host Committee

Previous Award Winners-700x75
2016 Elizabeth Lentz, Oxford Area High School Kyle Hicks, West Chester Henderson High School
2017 Claire Boylan, Archbishop Carroll High School Bryce Evans, Parkland High School
2018 Carly Stoner, Biglerville High School Christopher Griffin, Central Bucks High School South


About Manion_Crescenz-700x75

First Lieutenant Travis Manion graduated from LaSalle College High School in 1999 and received the Silver Star posthumously for his actions on April 29, 2007. Please see below the last part of his citation from the Military Times Hall of Valor:

While fearlessly exposing himself to gain a more advantageous firing position and drawing enemy fire away from the wounded Marines, First Lieutenant Manion was fatally wounded by an enemy sniper. His courageous and deliberate actions inspired the eventual counter attack and ultimately saved the lives of every member of his patrol. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, First Lieutenant Manion reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Corporal Michael Crescenz graduated from Cardinal Dougherty High School in 1966 and received the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions on November 20, 1968. Please see below the last part of his citation from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society:

As a direct result of his heroic actions, his company was able to maneuver freely with minimal danger and to complete its mission, defeating the enemy. Corporal Crescenz's bravery and extraordinary heroism at the cost of his life are in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.


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