2020 #IronDad23 Scholarship\Award Recipient
Given to a Souderton Area High School Senior who exemplifies good character. Participates in after school activities (sports, clubs or arts etc.), does well in school and gives back to the local community.
Conlan Wall - Souderton Senior
I would like to personally thank #IronDad23 and everyone that supports it...I am beyond honored to be recognized in Coach Clark’s memory. Coach Clark was an incredible person who always put his peers before himself. I can only wish to someday be both as fearless and giving as Coach Clark. The past couple of years I have strived to be a role model for the youth of our community, just as Coach Clark had been.
My name is Conlan Wall, I have been the shortstop on the varsity baseball team for the past three years while also participating in clubs like Link Crew and Athletic Leadership Council. As one of the captains of the baseball team I contributed to a great all around effort and state championship victory my junior year season. When playing baseball I always try to play the game the right way. I remember when I was in elementary school watching my father coach his high school baseball team. I would watch what the players (my idols) did, their every move, I would then emulate their actions in my own games. I did this because I wanted to be just like them. Now that I am where I am, I keep those memories in mind; because I know there is a kid, like me twelve years ago, watching my games and wanting to be in my shoes one day. My goal has been to show the kids in our community that “playing the game the right way” is being a great teammate, respecting your opponents and leaving your heart out on the field each and every game. I have done my best to make connections with those kids and point them in the right direction. I will continue to be there for the youth of Souderton and Harleysville as I move on in life.
I will be continuing my education at St. Joe’s University where I will be majoring in business and playing baseball. I will also continue to put my peers and the community first, wherever I go. One day I hope to be to my community what Coach Clark was to his. Because that is invaluable. Thank you again for awarding me this incredible scholarship. I am extremely honored.
2019 #IronDad23 Scholarship\Award Recipient
Jael Lunsford - Souderton Senior
"To all at the #IronDad23 family, I would like to thank you personally for recognizing me as a student who embodies Coach Clark's core values. I am absolutely honored to be recognized in his memory. Though I can only aspire to be as courageous and compassionate as Coach Clark, I am happy to work towards making positive changes in my community, just as he valued.
Through leading the Art for Social Change Club at Souderton Area High School during my junior and senior year, I found a platform that allowed me to have a positive impact in our area and around the world! As the president of the club, I organized multiple art projects to raise funds and awareness for a variety of causes. Our club strived to not only offer support in the face of tragedy, but make changes on a more positive and lighter note. When we heard about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, two of my friends and I created a large painting to send to the school in support during a time of grief and uncertainty. On an annual basis, we hand painted and sold postcards in order to raise funds for natural disaster relief. On a more local scale, I sold both my personal work and raised funds through our club to donate to the Laurel House, a non-profit organization in Norristown that offers shelter and resources to victims of domestic violence. These projects, among our others, allowed myself and members of the club to form a bond inspired by a mutual want to make a change for the better!
In my future endeavors, I intend to continue pursuing my love of art and using it to better the world around me! I can only hope to follow in Coach Clark's footsteps in all that I do. I am extremely touched by his legacy and the great impact that it has had on his family, friends, and community. Thank you so much again for awarding me a scholarship in memory of Coach Clark! I am sincerely honored."
2019 #IronDad23 Coaching Award Recipient - Coach Chris Case
The Clark Deardorff Memorial Coaches Award is presented to a coach who places player development, sportsmanship and fun above ALL else. Clark Deardorff demonstrated these attributes, on these Harleysville baseball fields, along with the passion for teaching this great game to our area's youth. His drive to ensure the players had fun while learning the game led to so many players returning to play year after year.