A junior at John Carroll High in Ft. Pierce, Michael enlisted the help of his classmates as well as teachers who embraced the project. In addition the young men of his Troop 840 helped by passing out flyers throughout the neighborhoods imploring people to donate. He was in contact with former classmates of All Saints School in Jupiter who accumulated more sneakers as well as donations. Above all that Michael collected sneakers at his parish of St. Christopher in Hobe Sound. Family and friends were also recruited to chip in. Finally, he was asked to make a presentation to The Knights of Columbus, where he ultimately received much needed support.
In collecting the slightly worn sneakers, after inspection, some needed washing and others required shoe laces to be replaced. DiFederico laundered the sneakers and labeled them according to size and gender. He used the donations to pay for the shipping and to buy new sneakers. He also threw in a few soccer balls for fun. They were then shipped to Haiti and were given out to the children, just in time for school to begin.
UPDATE: On September 20, 2017, Michael passed his Eagle Scout Board of Review.
The Catholic University Anthony J. Bottoni Leadership Award was established in 2000 to honor the football team's outstanding senior leader. The award is named in honor of Anthony J. Bottoni, a two-year starting right guard for the Cardinals who was passed tragically in December of 1999. Just a month prior, Bottoni helped Catholic win its first league football championship with a 6-0 record in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
Ross Sanford, a 2009 ASCS alumni, is a two-time All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference Linebacker who served as a team captain last season. A four-year contributor to the program, he led the team in tackles and was third in the conference as a junior while adding three sacks, nine tackles for loss and two interceptions. Last year he matched his sack totaled, forced two fumbles and recorded seven and a half tackles for loss. He finished his Catholic career with 239 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and five forced turnovers. Additionally, he is a two-time member of the ODAC All-Academic Team.
Congratulations to Ross Sanford!