Sunday, May 24, 2015

Accident victim's lasting legacy

When a rising senior at West Chester's Henderson High died in a freak accident nearly a year ago, the aspiring doctor had plans to continue an outreach program in Chester, an endeavor that his friends and family have pursued in his memory.

Accident victim's lasting legacy

Nearly a year ago, a freak accident claimed the life of Andrew Hicks, a rising senior at B. Reed Henderson High School who was vacationing with his family in California. Hicks lost his footing  on a hiking trail in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, falling 400 feet to his death.

Since then, his family and friends have created the Andrew L. Hicks Jr. Foundation and pursued an outreach program the aspiring doctor had started in the city of Chester.

 This evening at 5:30 p.m., the foundation is sponsoring a Philadelphia Union Pep Rally in Memorial Park, 2300 W. 7th Street, Chester.  Sixty families from the West Chester area will be matched up with one of 60 children from Chester for the evening.  The rally will include hip hop stage performances by Chosen Dance Company and Monster Squad of West Chester, a dance performance by Chester’s Kollective Talent, face-painting and food. 

At 6:45 p.m., the group of more than 250 people will form a parade, taking 7th Street to Engle and then making a left on 2nd Street and a right onto Flower before entering the Closure Premier Gate of the stadium.  The entire group will be seated in section 119, with thanks to the Philadelphia Union, which donated tickets to some of the Chester children and discounted tickets for the entire group.  The event is the senior project of Braden Garrison and Josh McGonagle, two rising seniors at Henderson High, who wanted to continue Andrew Hicks' commitment to nurturing relationships between West Chester and Chester families through soccer, Andrew Hicks' favorite sport. For more information, please visit

About this blog
Aubrey Whelan covers Chester County for the Inquirer. A native of a Philadelphia suburb so small it doesn't have a zip code, she grew up reading the Inquirer and was thrilled to take a job there in fall 2012. Previously, she covered crime, courts and D.C.'s Occupy movement for the Washington Examiner. Aubrey graduated from Penn State in 2011, where she worked for the award-winning campus newspaper and majored in journalism and French. Contact her at 215-495-5855 or You can also follow her on Twitter at

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