A Rockathon, held Sept. 20-22 at the Rock Recreation Center in Trucksville, raised money for two memorial causes.
The Rock is working on plans for both a POW/MIA Memorial at the base of its driveway and an artificial turf outdoor sports playing field in the name of Matthew Benjamin Rondina, a Kingston Township Raiders youth football player who died in 1998 at age 13 from brain cancer.
Elijah Miller, development director at Rock Recration and one of Rondina’s friends, ran 54 miles on Sept. 20 in memory of his childhood friend. Rondina wore number 54 as a junior football player and many of the weekend’s events had a connection to that number.
A 5K trail run and a 3-on-3 basketball tournament were part of the weekend, along with other community events. There was live music, food and craft vendors.
The total cost of the Matthew Benjamin Rondina Memorial Sports Field, including site preparation and bleachers next to the field, will cost close to $1 million. Plans call for Rondina’s number 54 to be stitched in to the turn in the middle of the field, which would become the new home of the Kingston Township Raiders.