A Northern Virginia teenager, with the help of his younger brother, has collected and delivered over $20,000 worth of football equipment to the Gloucester Youth Football League—just in time for league practices, which begin Monday.
Scotty Lafoon Jr., a rising senior at McLean High School, and his brother Ben, also a McLean student, started their equipment drive after learning of the GYFL’s loss in the April tornado.
The tornado devastated about a third of Page Middle School and destroyed a storage shed on the campus that housed GYFL’s equipment. The Lafoon brothers learned of the loss from their step-father, John Ordbargerstock, who is an old friend of Gloucester High School head football coach Sonny Merchant and assistant coach Randy Applegate.
Scotty Lafoon created a website for his collection drive, describing the loss at Page and making his pitch for donations. "Growing up, I always wanted to play football," Lafoon wrote. "My mom worried that it was too dangerous and wouldn’t allow me to play until I was in middle school. I played other sports, travel soccer, basketball, baseball; but I always wanted to play football. I finally got my chance to play in seventh grade.
"I can’t imagine how I would have felt if I couldn’t have played that season," Lafoon continued. "The kids in Gloucester don’t even know where they will be in school in the fall (final decisions were pending when Lafoon made his plea); without help, they won’t have a fall football and cheer program. So, Ben and I are asking for help for the kids who want to play football and cheer."