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