On Saturday night, some of the best players in the state of Delaware will gather at Tubby Raymond Field in Newark, Del. for the 58th annual DFRC Blue/Gold All-Star Football Game.
One of the players that will be suiting up for his last high school football game is Charter School of Wilmington’s Mark DiGuglielmo. The Hockessin Community News caught up with Mark to discuss is involvement with the Blue/Gold program, his high school career and what lies ahead for the 18-year-old.
Like many who will dawn all-star jerseys on Saturday night, DiGuglielmo started playing football at a young age.
“I started playing football competitively when I was in the 4th grade,” said DiGuglielmo. “My dad is the main one who motivated me to play, as well as my friends.”
And while DiGuglielmo has decided that Saturday night will be the last time he steps on a football field to compete, he’s happy the experience with the Blue/Gold program has led him to his final game.
“I’ve given it a lot of thought and have decided that this game will be my last,” said DiGuglielmo. “I’ve been working with the Blue/Gold program throughout the year and it has been an amazing experience.”
Since the Blue/Gold rosters were announced earlier this year, participants including players, cheerleaders, band members and ambassadors have worked a young person with intellectual disabilities in the DFRC’s Hand-in-Hand program.
“We’ve done everything from bowling to participating in a field day with our buddies,” said DiGuglielmo. “I’ve learned a lot from the program but the most important thing has to be the importance of teamwork.”
DiGuglielmo hopes the skills he’s learned through the Blue/Gold program can help him in the next stage of his life. Next fall, DiGuglielmo will attend University of Delaware majoring in Finance.
And while his high school experience is coming to an end, DiGuglielmo can look back fondly at his career with the Force.
“At Charter our coaches have always created a team that is very close knit,” said DiGuglielmo. “It really was one big family. I’m never going to forget how much fun I had with my team every season.”
You can catch Mark playing at the Blue/Gold All-Star Football Game this Saturday night wearing #54 for the Blue Team.