The Quarterback Club of York has been a staple of the York community since its inception back in 1975.
Started mainly as a fan club for the Baltimore Colts, the QB Club has made numerous contributions to the York-Adams football scene over the past 43 years.
Over that time, a lot of things have changed. The biggest was back in 1983 when the Colts left Baltimore for Indianapolis.
The club continued on even after that time, however, transitioning more toward a charitable group that funded scholarships, awards and even ran the local York-area high school football all-star game for many years.
That all-star game, which often pitted a York team against one from Lancaster on Thanksgiving Day, often was the biggest fundraiser of the year for the QB Club. The elimination of that game, and the funds that came with it, combined with a dwindling membership, put the QB Club’s existence on life support as of last summer. Things appeared to be so bleak that the QB Club seemed to be nearing its end.
Fortunately, some recent developments have pumped new life into the organization, which hosted its annual York-Adams League football awards banquet on Thursday, Feb. 15, at Out Door Country Club.
That banquet honored the six Y-A League Players of the Year for offense and defense from Divisions I, II and III, as well as serving as the vessel to award the Charles Larson Memorial Scholarship to Spring Grove senior Patrick Anderson.
Silver Bullets step up: After hearing of the QB Club’s dire situation last summer, a couple of individuals from the York Silver Bullets, a summer league semi-pro football team, approached the club offering support.
“Chris Umberger from the York Silver Bullets approached us about possibly getting involved,” said QB Club of York president Ed Bender. “So what we’re going to do is keep the organization going and we’re basically going to realign our board of directors. So the club is going to kind of continue on as it is and it’s going to be up to the new board how we proceed.”
Bender, who has been the president of the QB Club for more than eight years, is optimistic that Umberger can help turn over new financial resources as well as bring some new ideas to the club.
“The plan is to keep the scholarships and keep it running the same way,” Bender said. “So we’ll have a board of directors meeting next month and do a little bit of reshuffling and the plan is to keep moving forward.”
Honorees: Five of the six player-of-the-year honorees — Dallastown’s Nyzair Smith, York High’s Robert Rideout, West York’s Ay’Juan Marshall, York Catholic’s Kyle Dormer and Delone Catholic’s Zach Schussler — were present for the reception. All of their coaches spoke glowingly, not only about their players, but also for what the QB Club of York means for the local high school football scene.
“I remember when I was back in high school and remember thinking that it was kind of cool that (the QB Club) would hand out a scholarship to young men and women in our local communities,” said former Dallastown head coach Kevin Myers.
Former South Western football coach Don Seidenstricker, who was the guest speaker for the banquet, was happy to hear about the optimistic news of the club’s future.
“My memories go back a long time,” Seidenstricker said during his time at the podium. “I remember there being 100-plus members of this club and I think we’re down to 19 or 20 now. I hope there is a future and please know that there is at least one retired coach that will be your most staunch supporter.”
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