Here was a nice little note out of the New Haven Register Monday:
In an effort to raise funds for veterans, the October 11 game between intracity rivals Notre Dame and West Haven will now be known as the Soderman Bowl.
The christening is in honor of West Haven World War II hero William Soderman, who won the United States Medal of Honor during the pivotal Battle of the Bulge in 1944. The game will be the focus of a year-long fundraising campaign conducted by members of the two football teams to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project in the name of PFC Sean Pesce, a 2011 West Haven graduate who was injured in Afganistan in October 2012.
The West Haven Football Alumni Association announced the drive during a ceremony at West Haven’s Bradley Point last Thursday, the 69th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied Forces’ Invasion of Normandy. Players and coaches from both schools met with local veterans to express their admiration and support of the event.
For more information or to make a donation, contact the West Haven Football Alumni Association at 203-671-8693 or email George MacLeman.