October 17, 2023
The high-flying Olney Eagles youth football team has been temporarily grounded.
Sometime in early October, thieves tore the expensive copper wiring out of the Olney Eagles football field lights at 4800 Whitaker Avenue. The vandalism has left many young athletes in the dark, jeopardizing the boys football season and the girls cheerleading season. The cost of replacing the stolen wiring is estimated at $30,000 to $50,000.
When IBEW Local 98’s dear friend and Democratic mayoral nominee Cherelle Parker learned of the vandalism, she knew that the entire Philadelphia community had to step up and help save the season for the young athletes. IBEW Local 98 immediately offered to provide the labor needed to repair the lights at no cost.
"It was heartbreaking to see the recent vandalism of the Olney Athletic Fields, but the way the community has come together around solving the issue has been inspiring,” Cherelle Parker said. “I am grateful to our friends at IBEW 98 for their gracious support and enthusiastic initiative. Best of all: Our youth is getting to see how much their community values them. This is Philadelphia at its finest."
The Olney Eagles Youth Football Association has established a temporary fund to which individuals and organizations can make a tax-deductible contribution to repair the damaged athletic field lights.
A secure electronic payment can be made to https://cash.app/$OlneyEaglesyouth.
Checks may also be mailed to:
Olney Eagles Youth Football Association
c/o President Ed Huntley
5200 North Carlisle Street
Philadelphia, PA 19141