PEMBROKE — Pembroke senior Peter Farrington will be honored next week for the high school ‘Call to Courage Award,’ which current Indianapolis Colts head coach and former Bills’ quarterback and legend Frank Reich will present May 7 at the 19th annual banquet which will be held at the downtown Hyatt Regency in Buffalo.

The ‘Call to Courage’ Award will be going to Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles which will be presented by Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott.

The ‘Call to Courage’ Awards breakfast is Reich’s way of thanking the Western New York community for the love and appreciation that was displayed to him and his family while he was a member of the Buffalo Bills during those great Super Bowl years.

Each year Reich presents the ‘Call to Courage’ Award to a current NFL player who has exemplified outstanding character, commitment and leadership on and off the field and in the community.

The breakfast has featured some of the game’s biggest names over the past 19- years including NFL standouts Kurt Warner, Chad Pennington, Curtis Martin, Don Davis, Bob Christian, Trent Dilfer, John Kasay, Jon Kitna, Heath Evans, London Fletcher, Ben Watson, Thomas Davis, Jeff Saturday, Kyle Williams, Scott Chandler, Lorenzo Alexander, Demario Davis and Andy Dalton, who were previous award winners.

John Murphy, the play- by -play voice of the Buffalo Bills, and Lia Reich, will be this year’s co- MC’s for the event.

In addition to the presentation, the high school ‘Call to Courage’ Award will also be given to an outstanding member of a Western New York high school football team for their character, commitment and leadership in the community.

Farrington, a linebacker and place-kicker for the Dragons last fall, will have his school recognized at the event and receive an award and $1000 scholarship. He will have a photo taken with a Buffalo Bills player/coach. The event is sold out and almost 1,000 people are expected to be in attendance.

“I am honored and privileged to receive this award,” Farrington said. “When I was told I won, I was almost in tears. Never would I expect to get an award like this as my goal in life is not to get awards but to simply help others. I would like to give thanks to God for this. I would also like to thank my mother for how she has raised me and my coaches Brandon Ricci and Jamie Johnson for taking the time out of their lives to coach football. They taught me that being a part of a team isn’t just about playing football but becoming a man and facing adversity, learning how to deal with problems and overcoming anything that life brings you. I can’t wait to meet all the amazing NFL stars right before I leave for the Marine Corps. I am truly blessed.”

Ricci is the football coach who nominated Farrington.

“Peter is the modern day Renaissance man,” Ricci said. “He is well rounded excelling in school and extracurricular activities. He has participated in the district’s track, soccer, debate club, student government and football teams. These activities require significant commitment both in and out of season and Peter is always dedicated. He also has been instrumental in leading our district’s Veterans Outreach club. This club has volunteered in our local Eagle Star Veterans housing as well as establishing our wall of honor to include every Pembroke graduate who has or is serving in our armed forces.(See attached photos) This event also included the naming of the road that our school is on by the Governor of New York State, in honor of a graduate who died in service to our nation. Peter’s behavior and leadership is recognized by his peers as he has also been selected as the class president where he oversees many aspects of student life from dances, school announcements and planning class trips. Peter was also selected for our district’s Citizenship Award this year. This award is based off of our vision statement here at Pembroke Central Schools.”

What Coach Ricci sent to the committee:

“Unified in its efforts to create seamless transitions for all students within all programs and between all developmental levels; Unified in nurturing a joyful, compassionate, respectful and collaborative learning environment for all students, all staff and all parents; Unified in engaging all students in real-life learning experiences that inspire them to think, to create and to innovate; Unified in empowering all students to be leaders who selflessly serve others as they discover their personal passion in the pursuit of productive careers and meaningful lives of integrity. Peter has lived up to this vision which is our hope for all our students. He works hard. He is a leader in behavior, not just title. He knows the way, goes the way and shows the way. He is humble. He always is willing to listen, which is a mark of a humble and wise person. He models respect and honor with teammates and opponents. He encourages a teammate when they make mistakes. He offers to help his opponent up after he tackles them. He serves. He is a member of our Veterans club and was elected Captain of the Football team as well as the President of his class, showing that others value and recognize his leadership skills as well. He has enlisted to serve in our armed forces to risk the greatest sacrifice for our freedom.”

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