Newark Charter High School has unveiled plans to initiate a high school football program beginning in the fall of 2024. The announcement was made at Robert W. Gore Stadium amidst a gathering of school administrators, students, and board members.
The school community has shown enthusiasm for the new program. Sam Golder, Head of School, thanked a number of contributors who played a pivotal role in the decision to launch the football team. Among those acknowledged were Chrissy Bonis, chair of the football feasibility committee, which produced a comprehensive report outlining the program’s potential, and the Gore family alongside Boulden Brothers for their philanthropic contributions.
In addition, Golder extended appreciation to the school’s athletic director, Greg Shivery, for his research and engagement with football-related groups and Principal Dan Bartnik for his advocacy for student activities. The Board of Directors was also highlighted for their unwavering support of our executive staff and confidence in the path forward.
Newark Charter High School now looks ahead to the recruitment of a head coach and the arrangement of student interest meetings. The development of a workout regimen tailored for the team is expected to take advantage of the school’s new weight room facilities. The goal is to foster a competitive and spirited football environment for the inaugural season in 2024.
The excitement for the school’s athletics was further bolstered by Golder’s encouragement of the volleyball and field hockey teams, which are approaching their state tournaments, as well as the cross country team, which is preparing for the New Castle County Championship meet at Winterthur.