First Lieutenant Travis Manion & Corporal Michael Crescenz Award
The Army-Navy Cup Committee is pleased to announce it is now accepting nominations for the 2021 First Lieutenant Travis Manion & Corporal Michael Crescenz Award. This award is presented annually 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. The award will be presented by members of the Manion and Crescenz families at halftime of Army Navy Cup X on October 9 at Subaru Park.
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.
Eligible candidates, boys and girls, must be current juniors or seniors in high school. Nominations may come from clubs or schools. Please see the nomination form below. We ask that you limit your nomination to one page. All nominations must be submitted by Monday, September 20. The committee will review all nominations and announce the winners the week of September 30. For email submissions, or questions, please send to Rob Bender at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call Rob at 267-625-3459
Submit your nominations now. And please support this great event, by bringing your teams to Army-Navy Cup X. Call 610-497-9909 or email email@example.com to learn more about discounted seating options.
Please see information on the men whose name will be memorialized with this award, below.
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.
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.
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.
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.