We are very proud of or Pioneers competing at various High schools this season. With opening day upon us for High Schools we are very well represented. Out of the 22 starting positions on the Freshman football team this year at Sandburg High School 17 of those positions are filled by Pioneer players. Two of our eighth graders from last season will be starting on the Marist Freshman football team, one at Mount Carmel and one at Providence High School. Good luck to all our Pioneer alumni and to all our current Pioneer teams competing this weekend.
Please bring your pre-pay form receipt with you to picture day to turn in. This is the best option to handle your paperwork that day. Quick and easy otherwise plan on filling out forms onsite and no credit card option.
If you would rather pay by check, bring the paper form below to your scheduled time
As many of you know, in previous years our Pioneer families have donated hundreds of toys to Lurie Children's Hospital. The toy drives were a huge success and brought smiles to many young children. For the 2015 season the Orland Park Pioneers have chosen to support our troops through 'Socks for Heroes'. Please read the information below and please help us support the men and women who are defending our freedom. We will be collecting the socks at the field through Homecoming on September 12th.
In honor of our homecoming theme, “Support the Troops” we will be collecting donations for the troops through “Sock for Heroes.” Socks for Heroes has shipped over 375,000 pairs of socks to our military serving overseas and we are excited to contribute to such an amazing organization.
Beginning Monday, Aug 10th thru Aug 28th we will begin collecting packs of Men’s Black or Brown Cotton Crew Socks. Pick up a pack while you are out this weekend.Monetary donations will be accepted as well and will be used to purchase additional socks or cover shipping costs as needed.
In addition, the Pioneers will be selling “Support the Troops” themed T-shirts, 100% of the profits will go to covering shipping costs, look for those soon!
(Coaches: someone will come around during practice to collect any socks that have been donated, or you can drop them off at the merchandise table)
The story behind “Socks For Heroes:”
"On August 26th, 2009, there was a knock on the door of the home of Carla and Jim Hogan. When they opened the door, they were faced with two Marines and a Naval Chaplain who had come to inform them of the death of their son, LCPL Donald J. Hogan in Afghanistan.
Their son had been on a patrol, acting as the Marine working the mine detector, when he spotted an Insurgent pulling a kite string to trigger an IED. Rather than run to protect himself, he pushed the nearest Marine out of danger, and then put himself between the IED and the rest of the Marines on the patrol.
He was killed instantly.
For his bravery, the United States Marine Corps awarded him the Navy Cross, America's second highest award for valor.
Following his death, his grieving and distraught parents were amazed at the level of care and concern displayed to them by the Marines he served with. When asked why, the response was uniform; "Donald was our brother, you are part of our family."
It was due to this kindness, that when their son's unit re-deployed to Afghanistan, they asked what they might do to help. The answer from the Marines was simple. You can send us socks.
Socks? Anyone who has ever served in a combat zone will tell you the importance of socks to an Infantryman. Long hours on their feet in wet and muddy conditions, with no laundry facilities literally destroys them, but without them, the Infantryman's ability to complete his mission is compromised. According to one Marine Officer, Socks come after Ammo and Chow in importance.
While nationally known, Socks for Heroes, which is part of the San Clemente Marine Corps Support Group (a registered 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit) is really just a small "Mom and Pop" non-profit, Starting with a single box of socks in May of 2011, with the guiding principle of "Love leads to Service", the Hogans have no staff, take no salaries or pay them. The entire operation is done out of their home. Using such a minimal cost model, over ninety cents of every dollar donated goes toward socks, shipping and programs benefiting Marines and their families.
Or in the words of Jim Hogan, "With his death, our son became our teacher. And what he taught us was that all of us are capable of at least one extraordinary act in their lives."
If you would like to know more about the battle Donald and the 1/5 unit were involved you can purchase the book about it written by SGT Lucas Dyer that served in this battle at: A Battle Won by Handshakes: The Story of Alpha Company 1/5
Dick's Sporting Goods has invited all of our families for an exclusive 20% off shopping event being held on Saturday, July 11th & Sunday, July 12th. Click here to download your 20% off coupons valid for both days at our Orland Park & Tinley Park Stores.