Elwood-John H. Glenn High School senior Damien Caffrey proudly signed his national letter of intent on Feb. 1 to play college football at LIU Post. Surrounded by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert, Director of Athletics and Physical Education David Shanahan, administrators, coaches and family members, the special ceremony took place in the high school gymnasium.
During the ceremony, Mr. Shanahan praised Damien for gaining an athletic scholarship with LIU, a difficult achievement for many. “Across the country, only 2% of high school students receive an athletic scholarship,” he said. “We take this time to recognize you for your efforts, your hard work and to wish you well.”
Dr. Bossert also congratulated Damien on his next chapter. “You have represented John Glenn well and we expect you to go on to do great things at LIU,” he said. “Remember your roots and where you came from. We couldn’t be more proud of you.”
Principal Carisa Burzynski shared her own words of encouragement with the student-athlete. “When you do your best and work hard, good things come your way,” she said. “I wish you continued success.”
In addition to playing on the Elwood-John H. Glenn High School football team, Damien is also is a star wrestler. He recently won the 2017 Eastern State 220 lbs Wrestling Championship. A title that his coach, T.J. Brocking is very proud of.
“He has worked extremely hard to be a top athlete,” he said. “He is ranked number one in the state in two different weight levels.”