Rick Foresman’s memory kept alive with golf tournament

As young kids growing up in the small farming community of Allenwood, Charlie Fisher and Rick Foresman developed a lifelong bond through the medium of sport.

With little to do in such a small town, the two spent much of their spare time playing around in the backyard with a football, and getting games together with the other local kids.

When they got their first taste of organized team football in junior high, they paired up as their squad’s quarterback and center; and kept those titles through their high school varsity careers at Warrior Run.

After high school, Fisher and Foresman both managed to keep football in their lives, but in very different ways.

Fisher went on to play wide receiver and quarterback at Springfield College in Massachusetts, where he earned a bachelors degree in physical education. Afterwards, he would move on to Eastern Kentucky to earn his M.A. in sports management, and also serve as a grad assistant with the football team.

Over the next 32 years, Fisher would hold positions with nine more college football teams, including seven Division I programs. He is now at Richmond as a wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, following a two-year stint at Penn State.

Foresman, who was an All-State caliber lineman, chose a simpler path.

He turned down an offer to play at Virginia Tech, despite his love for the game, choosing instead to stay local and raise a family.

It was then that Foresman developed a passion for coaching youth sports. Over the years, he would go on to coach his younger brother and two sons through the Warrior Run Midget League Football Program.

But even with their diverging paths, Fisher and Foresman always maintained a great relationship.

In fact, after Fisher was hired by Bill O’Brien as Penn State’s quarterbacks coach in the spring of 2012, Foresman was among the first to call and congratulate him.

“That probably tells you everything you need to know about Rick as a friend,” Fisher said. “He was always one of those guys to call and congratulate you, and see you were doing. We always stayed in touch.

“He was so excited to come see me coach at Penn State,” said Fisher.

Unfortunately, Foresman never got the opportunity to watch Fisher roam the sidelines at PSU. He passed away unexpectedly on March 5, 2012, just a month after Fisher was hired.

In remembrance of his great friend, Fisher joined up with Foresman’s family to create the 72 Blue and Grey Forever Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides financial support to Warrior Run football programs and other youth sporting groups in the Warrior Run school district. The foundation’s name is a combination of Foresman’s high school playing number, and Warrior Run’s team colors.

“Rick was a fantastic individual that loved coaching youth sports,” Fisher said. “So we created the foundation to honor his name and give back to the community.”

To date, the foundation has helped raise more than $22,000 for local athletics in just the last two years.

In 2012, they used $8,000 of that money to provide the Warrior Run Junior football team with new helmets. Last year, the group donated $2,500 to the Warrior Run Midget League football program; $3,600 to the junior high football team; $5,000 to Little League; $2,500 to the exchange pool; and $1,000 to AYSO.

The primary fundraiser for 72 Blue and Grey Forever has been the annual Rick Foresman Memorial Golf Scramble at the Wynding Brook Golf Club in Milton.

The tournament has an $85 entry fee, and will be held this year on July 11. Due to the overwhelming response from the community, this year’s tournament will be ran as a double shotgun, with tee times of 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The entry deadline is June 27.

“It has become a very unique and fantastic event, and we have a lot of fun.” Fisher said.

Along with a day full of golf, those who sign up for the tournament are treated to a picnic dinner; and are also able to meet with Fisher, who usually stands by one of the holes and greets players as they come through.

There is also a raffle auction for players to participate in, which is filled with autographed sports memorabilia.

Some of the prizes in this year’s auction include jerseys signed by John Cappelletti, Larry Fitzgerald, and Mike Mauti; as well as mini helmets autographed by Kerry Collins, Curtis Enis, Matt McGloin, Blair Thomas, and John Urschel.

Popular auction items in former tournaments have included a helmet signed by Bill O’Brien and a game helmet signed by Mike Mauti, which he wore in the 2012 Wisconsin game. Both brought in roughly $1,000 a piece.

“I’ve tried to use my background and connections as much as I can to get great stuff for the raffle, so we can raise as much money as we can,” Fisher said.

“Rick would be very humbled and proud to see what we have been able to do so far. Now we just need to keep it going.”