A member of the Waverly High School football team was killed in a car accident earlier this month, and was honored by his teammates today.
Paul Girolamo, 16, died in a car accident when he lost control of his vehicle, causing him to hit a telephone pole.
A big part of Girolamo’s life was football.
“Every time I saw Pauly, it’s football. He’d bring it up in some way,” his team member said.
The team has been working on raising funds and awareness for The Wounded Warriors Project, a charity for injured veterans that was close to Girolamo’s heart.
“The Wounded Warrior Project was something Paul was a real big supporter of. He was really excited about these jerseys and the game. It will certainly be something we play in his honor,” one team mate said.
Pete Girolamo, Paul’s father and assistant coach, partnered up with the Wounded Warriors project. Wednesday afternoon the team gathered to show off their new Wounded Warrior Jerseys, while playing tribute to Girolamo, and his jersey number 44.
“Paul was a great friend, a great teammate, and we are definitely going to play for him this year and it’s all going to go to him. This year we are all going to support him, and play for him,” another team member said.