Legendary Packers football coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Vince Lombardi, is going to be honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance onÂ Wednesday, Oct. 2Â at his H.S. alma mater in New York with a special ceremony and plaque presentation.
This event at St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens, New York,Â is part of â€œHometown Hall of Famersâ„¢,â€ a national program honoring the hometown roots of the sportâ€™s greatest coaches, players, and contributors.
John Lombardi, Vinceâ€™s grandson, will be on-hand at the ceremony to accept the plaque on his grandfatherâ€™s behalf and say a few words about his legacy.
Here is the full Press Release:
National Program Recognizes Pro Footballâ€™s Greatest Legends in their Hometown Communities
Canton, Ohio â€“ Sept. 25, 2013 â€“ Pro football legend Vince Lombardi will be recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance Company in Queens, New York, onÂ Wednesday, Oct. 2, as part of â€œHometown Hall of Famersâ„¢,â€ a national program honoring the hometown roots of the sportâ€™s greatest coaches, players, and contributors with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities.
â€œâ€™Hometown Hall of Famersâ„¢â€™ has been warmly embraced by communities and Hall of Famers alike,â€ said George Veras, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises president and CEO. â€œWe are thrilled to continue our partnership with Allstate to bring the Pro Football Hall of Fame to communities across the country and congratulate the late Vince Lombardi and St. Francis Preparatory School on bringing a piece of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to Queens.â€
A legendary NFL coach and former high school standout at St. Francis Preparatory School, Lombardi will be honored with his â€œHometown Hall of Famerâ„¢â€ plaque during a special ceremony atÂ 1:25 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the schoolâ€™s auditorium, located at 6100 Francis Lewis Blvd., Fresh Meadows, NY, where the plaque will live permanently to serve as an inspiration for the schoolâ€™s students and athletes. John Lombardi, Vinceâ€™s grandson, will be on-hand to accept the plaque on behalf of the Lombardi family.
â€œTo be part of a program that brings the prestige and tradition of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to communities like Queens is an honor for Allstate, our agents and employees,â€ said Lisa Cochrane, Allstateâ€™s senior vice president of marketing.
The ceremony will be attended by St. Francis Preparatory School students, faculty, staff, alumni and Lombardiâ€™s family members and close friends. Kyle Flood, Rutgers University head football coach and St. Francis alumnus, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.