Inspired by the team and watching the kids of PVIXC – who had never before really considered running in college – start to look at college destinations, Coach Bonnette realized that there was an opportunity to bring the best runners, coaches, financial aid officers, medical specialists, and so on from around the area in to educate on the areas of the college selection process that I and many others might know very little about. With help from Merrill Lynch and the Bonnette Ross Tropea Group (my “dayjob” – so to speak – as a finanical advisor), we were able to put together what we think will be a valuable and informative speaker series. Some main speakers include Olympians Adrian Blincoe (assistant coach for Villanova) and Erin Donohue (assistant coach for Philadelphia University) along with respected men’s and women’s college coaches in the area, La Salle’s Charles Torpey, UPenn’s Eric Bonnette, Widener’s Vince Touey, Rider’s Bob Hamer, TCNJ’s Philip Jennings, and others. We will also have Mark Kemenosh and Molly Phillips, both sports chiropractors that specialize in the treatment of running-related injuries. To address any financial concerns, we plan to have financial aid officers and admission officers from various local universities including La Salle, Bryn Mawr, UPenn, etc. The series looks to provide both the student-athlete and parents of the student-athlete with first-hand accounts of what to expect during the ‘Race to College’ along with an open, intimate forum with which to get answers and ask questions. The series is open to any South Jersey XC runner, their parents, and any friends that may contemplate running in college one day.
Along with that, the Bonnette Ross Tropea Group – a fan and supporter of South Jersey XC throughout the years – plans to offer a scholarship (the Bonnette Ross Tropea Group scholarship) which will award a boy and girl XC participant $1,000 towards their respective higher education. All of the information and application regarding that can be accessed through the “Scholarship” tab at the top of this page.
Any questions and comments can be directed to Coach Bonnette, e-mail to the right of this page.