More than 150 golfers – including 50 current and former professional athletes, coaches, and broadcasters – joined former Philadelphia Eagles coach Dick Vermeil under picture-perfect weather at Ron Jaworski’s Downingtown Country Club for the 26th edition of the Dick Vermeil Celebrity Golf Invitational.
Many of Vermeil’s celebrity friends turned out for the annual event, including former Eagles greats John Bunting, Harold Carmichael, and Jaworski, as well as two-time Pro Bowl quarterback Trent Green.
Since 1993, the Vermeil Tournament has generated more than $4 million to support the Chester County Boy Scouts, with this year’s edition raising more than $200,000. The funds raised by the tournament allow the Chester County Boy Scouts to provide quality programs, training, and camp facilities for more than 5,900 youth every year. They also support the Council’s successful outreach program, which provides scholarships for camp and scouting programs for at-risk youth in Chester County.
“We’re tremendously grateful to our sponsors and celebrity friends who have supported Coach Vermeil and the Chester County Boy Scouts over the past 26 years,” said Vermeil Tournament Chairman Kevin Reilly. “The dollars raised by this tournament help the scouts continue to make a positive, lasting impact on youth in the Chester County community.”
This year’s sponsors included Exelon Generation (presenting sponsor), Abbot Downing, Wells Fargo, Wawa, and Independence Blue Cross.
In recognition of his contributions to scouting in Chester County, Vermeil was honored last year with the National Court of Honor by the Boy Scouts, which recognizes non-scouters for their distinguished service to the organization.
The Chester County Boy Scouts have also honored Vermeil and his wife with the Dick and Carol Vermeil Leadership Development Center at the Council’s Program, Activity, and Resource Campus (PARC), construction of which is scheduled to begin this summer in Exton.