BRADFORD, Pa. — The ninth group of players named to the 46th annual Big 30 Charities Classic has been released. This year’s game is set for the night of Aug. 3 at Bradford’s Parkway Field.
The all-star football game, founded by Don Raabe, matches graduated senior stars from each side of the Big 30 border with New York leading the series, 22-21-2, though Pennsylvania has won three straight games, including last August’s 37-22 triumph.
Proceeds benefit area charities, and, over the first 45 years, the game has donated nearly $1.7 million to area causes.
Added today to the New York squad are Randolph’s Andrew Bernard and Deter Miinte and Cattaraugus-Little Valley’s Samuel Grey.
Pennsylvania’s additions are Elk County Catholic’s Alex Breindel and Ben Sherry and Cameron County’s Devin Geitner.
Today’s six addees bring to 66 the number of players named to the game — 33 to each roster. Eventually, both squads will number 40-plus players.
Bernard was a 6-foot-3, 285-pound two-way tackle who was tabbed Big 30 Lineman of the Year, was tabbed first team New York State by USA Today, voted Western New York’s Defensive Player of the Year, was tabbed as a Trench Trophy finalist and a Section 6 Class C-South All-Star.
Bernard said he is looking forward to playing in the Big 30 game “because it is a big deal to the school and the community.” His favorite memory was the team bonding and practices.
He will attend Mercyhurst University and play football. His hobbies include playing football and basketball and hanging out with his friends. His favorite team is the Oregon Ducks and his favorite player is the Giants’ Saquon Barkley.
Miinte was a 6-foot, 190-pound running back/safety who was also tabbed a Class C-South all-star.
He has yet to select a college but will major in athletic training.
His favorite memory in football was “playing with the same players all the way up from pee-wees and sharing all the memories.”
His hobbies are working out and staying healthy. His favorite NFL team is the Oakland Raiders.
Grey was a 5-11, 170-pound running back-safety who was the Timberwolves’ Offensive MVP and named a Big 30 Impact Yardage Player of the Week.
He will attend SUNY Brockport and study kinesiology.
His favorite moment playing football was “scoring 24 points against Maple Grove and being named Impact Yardage Player of the Week.
Grey said he is looking forward to playing on a team full of high level athletes from around the area and play football one last time. His hobbies are hiking, the Environmental Conservation Organization of Students (E.C.O.S. Club) and and wrestling. His favorite NFL team is the New Orleans Saints and his favorite player is Drew Brees.