Mayor Barbarann Keffer and Chief Administrative Officer Vincent Rongione recently recognized NFL star Anthony Becht’s contributions to Upper Darby at the 16th annual Anthony Becht Football Camp, which was held at Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School.
Approximately 230 children attended the three-day event, which was open to everyone in grades 1 through 8 and welcomed athletes of all skill levels. The Township provided scholarships for 135 of the attendees. This year’s camp featured other former NFL players as guest coaches, including Tom Savage, Sean Berton, Aaron Beasley, and Jordan Morgan. Current Philadelphia Eagles player Kayode Awosika spoke with attendees on the first day of camp.
“The Becht Football Camp is a wonderful Upper Darby tradition,” Mayor Keffer said. “Anthony has never forgotten where he came from and always gives back. We have a lot of famous and successful people who hail from UD, but not all of them reinvest in our community the way that Anthony and his family do.”
“We love doing this,” Mr. Becht said. “We have kids at the camp this year whose parents have attended it. It’s a great way to give back to the community.” He added that the camp is truly a family affair, as his wife Deeann is the co-organizer and his parents and sister helped with everything from hauling equipment to making sure the campers stayed well hydrated.
Upper Darby Police Department Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt emceed the recognition ceremony and presented the plaque to Mr. Becht. UD Fire Department Chief Derrick Sawyer also attended, along with UDPD Detective Michael Pecko and Joan Scanlon, who have helped run the camp for several years.
Anthony Becht is a graduate of Monsignor Bonner High School. He attended West Virginia on a football scholarship and was selected by the New York Jets as the 27th overall pick in the 2000 NFL draft. He later played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals, and Kansas City Chiefs before retiring. He has also worked as a college football analyst for ESPN.
Upper Darby is Pennsylvania’s sixth-largest municipality. Elected in 2019, Mayor Barbarann Keffer has focused her efforts on reform, revitalization, and reinvestment into Upper Darby. Mayor Keffer is also working to make the community more inclusive and grow it as a forward-looking regional leader for families and businesses.
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