Bronco and Meteors (De La Salle Catholic High School) fans were given the opportunity to donate to this worthy cause by purchasing t-shirts, split-the-pot and raffle tickets before the game. At the end of the evening, close to $4,000 was raised for the foundation.
In conjunction with the charity game and prior to the varsity kick-off, the Weiger Family presented their 7th Annual "Spirit of '76" Award in memory of Johnny to senior and team captain, Patrick Peters. Last year's recipient, Frank Conforti III '19 joined Johnny's family on the field to present the award.
Johnny Weiger joined Montini Catholic's school community for the 2011-12 school year as a member of the Class of 2015. He passed away on November 4, 2012. Johnny's jersey number was 76. As a tribute to their team mate, the team has worn special uniforms each year at what has been called the "Spirit of '76" game. An enthusiastic crowd of Bronco and Meteor fans respectfully greeted the Weiger family as they walked onto the field to present the award.
In Johnathan's memory, the Weiger Family are inspired to present a special award each year to a unique member of the varsity football team. "My husband and I get to know the players during the year," said Johnny's mother, Fran Weiger. "With help from staff and coaches, we choose the player who best embodies that of great character faith and sportsmanship."
"Throughout his battle with leukemia and TTP, Johnny displayed the spirit of a champion," said President Jim Segredo prior to the presentation. "He always showed great character, courage, fight and a deep commitment to his faith. The "Spirit of '76" Award pays tribute to Johnny and the positive influence he has had on his teammates and peers."