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Upcoming Events to Honor Willie Thrower

Rain has forced a change in events planned Saturday for the 70th anniversary of city native Willie Thrower’s first snap as an NFL quarterback. Because of the anticipation of rain, the community day and cookout, as well as several other events scheduled to run Saturday, October 14th from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., have been moved from outdoors in downtown New Kensington to indoors at Valley High School. The community day and cookout now will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the main gymnasium at Valley High School.

Schedule of events
Saturday, October 14th
  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Community Day and Cook-Out
  • 11 a.m.: Kids Korner — pony rides, face painting and coloring, bounce and play slides, balloon twisting, games, prizes
  • Noon: Willie Thrower 1st Snap essay contest readings and announcement of winners, Peoples Library, 880 Barnes St.
  • 1 to 2 p.m.: Strolling magic with Weird Eric
  • 1 to 3 p.m.: Children’s tables hosted by community organizations, science and art project displays
  • 1 to 3 p.m.: 1st Snap dogs and burgers, community cookout hosted by Sticky Mickey’s barbecue
  • 2 to 4 p.m.: Baron “BB” Flenory Skills and Drills basketball camp, ages 6-12; registration required
Sunday, October 15th
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Willie Thrower 1st Snap Neighborhood 5K Walkathon benefiting the American Heart Association; check-in begins at 10 a.m.; walkathon begins and ends at Feldarelli Square, 2300 Freeport Road
  • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Penn State student athlete skills demonstrations, ages 6-12, at Valley High School; registration required
  • 3 to 4:30 p.m.: Football skills camp, ages 6-12, at Valley High School; registration required
Wednesday, October 18th
  • 10 a.m to 2 p.m.: Live radio broadcast hosted by Pittsburgh Sports Radio 93.7 The Fan with Ron Cook and Joe Starkey, Valley High School
  • 3 to 4 p.m.: Livestream broadcast “The Evolution of the Black Quarterback Podcast,” hosted by the Willie Thrower Award Foundation, at Strange Roots, 977 Fifth