Sep 5, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Lafayette senior offensive lineman Brad Bormann has a fan club, and for good reason.
Since his freshman year, the Leopards co-captain has volunteered much of his free time to the Easton Area Senior Center, where he’s exercised his sportsmanlike mentality outside of a football uniform.
Checkers, chess, shuffleboard and ping pong are among the activities that Bormann participates in with the friends he has made at the center, many of whom are well into their 90s. The manager of the center, Debbie Mertz, has credited students like Bormann with bringing a spark of youthful energy into a place where much of Easton’s elderly community meets.
Interestingly enough, Bormann’s work there is only one of the many genuine endeavors he has outside of the game. Before graduating, he hopes to instill a program called, “Let’s get ready,” which will be a chapter of a national non-profit organization that will serve to help the youth of Easton prepare for an educated future after high school. Specifically, the program will aim to send Lafayette coaches to Easton Area High School in an attempt to improve the rate of college application and acceptance.
It’s one of the many goals the Flemington, N.J., native has developed while on the campus of Lafayette College.
“I chose to come to Lafayette because it offered what was in my opinion the ideal confluence of both academic and athletic opportunity,” Bormann said. “I felt as though I would reach my apogee in both of those pursuits if I came to this school.”
With just one year left as a Lafayette College undergraduate, Bormann is well on his way to fulfilling the mission he set out for himself as a wide-eyed freshman.