Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Lebanon Valley Football - Bruso's Impact Reaching Beyond the Gridiron

ANNVILLE, Pa. - Lebanon Valley student-athletes have a long history of promoting positivity off the field of play. This past weekend, senior football player Cale Bruso got a firsthand look at the kind of impact his efforts have had on a group of children fortunate enough to have crossed paths with him.
Following LVC's 24-14 victory over FDU-Florham on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 23, the Flying Dutchmen, as they usually do, gathered on the turf at Arnold Field for the team's postgame breakdown. When head coach Joe Buehler '89 finished his postgame speech, a group of youngsters dressed in LVC football shirts with the number one and the name Bruso emblazoned on the back rushed the huddle to greet their favorite player.

For the past three summers, Bruso has served as a camp counselor at the Friedens Trinity Day Camp in Valley View, Pa. For nine weeks out of the year, Bruso and the rest of the camp's staff work to create a fun, activity-filled environment that gives young people the opportunity to interact on a personal level, take field trips, practice conflict resolution, work as a team, promote good sportsmanship, and take in bible studies. It began as a summer job for Bruso. As evidenced by his response to his biggest fans, it's obvious it's blossomed into something more.

Bruso's parents, Bruce and Amy, arranged for a number of the 21 campers of various ages to attend LVC's most recent contest. Each child received their own shirt and a foam football, and the group congregated under a pair of tents near the bleachers to watch the game and also to keep their presence a secret until the final gun. Following the victory, LVC director of athletics Rick Beard '90, M'92 led them to the field where many of them embraced Bruso for the first time since camp ended. The reunion was a touching one, as an emotional Bruso made time to hug, high five, catch up with, and pose for pictures with the fans who know him best, while his teammates and coaches looked on.

Parents, grandparents, and other family members of the campers have reached out to Bruso and his parents on numerous occasions to express their gratitude for his work with and his influence on their young ones. Despite his time as a camp counselor having come to an end, Bruso and the campers stay in contact, allowing for him to continue to positively impact the children beyond both the camp environment and gridiron.

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