Andrew Farrell Spirit of Courage Home Run Derby

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wpe5.jpg (2660 bytes)    Andrew is in back, looking over the shoulders of two teammates. This picture was taken for the site in 2001.

   Andrew Farrell, a popular member of George Washington High's 2001 baseball team, died
4/18/04 of cancer.

  PHILADELPHIA – A one-of-a-kind special event benefiting a great cause returns on Saturday, May 16, 2009, as alumni and current students from George Washington High School join with friends and family for the 2009 Andrew Farrell Spirit of Courage Home Run Derby. Upwards of 100 batters are expected to sign-up for a shot at being crowned the home run derby champion.

   As part of the festivities, the Fund will present a $5,000 grant to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The two organizations have supported each other in the past, but this will mark the first large donation made by the Fund to the hospital. Also, state Rep. Brendan Boyle will issue a proclamation in honor of the Fund.

  The home run contest is scheduled to kick off at 9 a.m. at the George Washington High School baseball fields located at 10175 Bustleton Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and for a $25 donation, participants can enter the home run derby and will receive food, beverages, a limited edition t-shirt and a chance to win the coveted champion’s trophy.

  Proceeds support the Youth Advisory Council at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Andrew Farrell Spirit of Courage Fund’s scholarship for graduating seniors at George Washington High School.

  All are welcomed to participate. The contest is split between contestants 19 years old and younger and 20 years old and over. To register for the event, or for more information about the Andrew Farrell Spirit of Courage Fund, visit

About the Andrew Farrell Spirit of Courage Fund

  Established in 2004, the Andrew Farrell Spirit of Courage Fund brings together family and friends of former George Washington High School athlete Andrew Farrell, who passed away in 2004 of Leukemia. The Fund has proudly hosted several successful events that have raised over $25,000 in support of the Fund’s two beneficiaries – George Washington High School and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The Fund awards an annual scholarship to a current member of the high school baseball team to aid in the continuation of their pursuit of higher education. The Fund also awards an annual grant to CHOP for internal cancer research in cooperation with the Youth Advisory Council. For more information, visit