Derek Wolfe returned to his high school alma mater on Tuesday — and not just because the school district was celebrating "Derek Wolfe Day."
In addition to being feted as an exemplary alumnus of Beaver Local High School, Wolfe also went back to his old stomping grounds with tremendous news of his own. Wolfe and Jamin Pastore, another prominent Beaver Local graduate, combined to donate $1 million to the Beaver Local School District to help them improve their athletic facilities and football stadium.
"We are excited that the two alumni have chosen to generously support this endeavor and we cannot thank them enough for the donation which will enable our district to update and improve our athletic facilities," Beaver Local Schools Superintendent Eric Lowe wrote in a statement.
Wolfe and Pastore were two outstanding players for Beaver Local's football team during their days in high school. Wolfe earned a scholarship to the University of Cincinnati, where he would become a top NFL prospect. Pastore was a finalist for Ohio's Mr. Football award and played college football at Duke. Though he did not become and NFL player, he has led a successful career as the president and CEO of JP Capital Management.
It was through youth football that the two first forged a bond as friends, and undoubtedly that influenced their decision to help fund their alma mater's athletic facility upgrades.
"These two Beaver Local alumni have become like brothers through the years, a brotherhood that began on the football field," Lowe wrote. "Jamin was returning from Duke University during the summer to help with youth football speed camps when he met Derek. The two have bonded over their love of football and our local community. They look forward to giving back to the athletic program that served as such a positive influence in their lives."