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Horace Greeley Homecoming Not Just For High School

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - Since Jim Nottingham became president of the Greeley Sports Boosters in the spring he has worked to make Horace Greeley High School’s homecoming weekend more family friendly.

“The Greeley Sports Boosters are trying to invigorate some spirit,” said Nottingham, whose son, Jamie, is a junior on the varsity football team. ”It’s a way to bring the community together and have some fun.”

In recent years, there has been a drop in the number of family events during the weekend, Nottingham said. The biggest change this year is the inclusion of a fireworks show on Friday night.

“A couple of the school districts do it, but most notably Byram Hills,” Nottingham said of the fireworks. “When I assumed the presidency of the boosters, I went and talked to several booster organizations and Byram Hills was kind enough to give me their contact for the fireworks. The real work in the fireworks was to get it approved by the school district. Once we had the approval, we were good to go.”

Nottingham and the boosters also received the blessing of the Chappaqua Fire Department, which will be on hand to supervise. The display will be set up by Bay Fireworks in a fenced-off area on the baseball field and spectators will watch the fireworks from the stands at the turf field.

“Before the fireworks we’ll probably have the National Anthem and then we’ll start talking about the teams and have them come out to the center of the field,” said Nottingham. “Then we’re going to shoot off the fireworks.”

Extra precaution will be taken at the event and the display will be nixed if there is inclement weather.

Another addition to the weekend will be clinics on various high school fields on Friday at 5 p.m. During the clinics, local youth athletes will have to opportunity to play with, and learn from, Horace Greeley High School athletes.

“I’m fully in support of the idea of trying to turn Homecoming into much more of a family, community-wide event. I think that’s great,” said Horace Greeley High School Principal Andrew Selesnick at a recent board meeting. “That’s one of the things that encourages me about this event.”

The weekend will begin on Friday at 4:30 p.m. with a full slate of games scheduled. Field hockey, volleyball, swimming and soccer teams will all be in competition throughout the weekend. The games will conclude with Saturday’s 2 p.m. varsity football showdown against Harrison High School.

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