Richard Willich Joins Tony Steward as VIP Honoree at U.S. Army All-American Tour Event | Community Spirit

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Richard Willich Joins Tony Steward as VIP Honoree at U.S. Army All-American Tour Event
Richard Willich Joins Tony Steward as VIP Honoree at U.S. Army All-American Tour Event

MDI founder and Chairman, Richard Willich, was invited to a ceremony and pep rally held in honor of star high school football player, Tony Steward’s selection as a U.S. Army All-American. Steward invited Willich to attend the selection celebration as his VIP guest, honoring Willich for his military service and support of youth and high school sports in the area.

Steward, a senior at Pedro Menendez High School in St. Augustine, is one of just 90 high school football players in the nation selected to play in the 2011 Army All-American Bowl on January 8th, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas. As part of this exclusive award, each player is honored at a special Selection Tour event, held in his hometown.

For his event, Steward invited MDI Chairman and retired Marine Lt. Colonel, Richard Willich to be his VIP Honoree. In addition to more than 30 years in the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Willich is actively involved in youth sports and education through the philanthropic efforts of MDI, a healthcare services and technology company in Ponte Vedra. Since founding the company, Willich has become known for his involvement in the community and his vision for creating healthy futures in education, youth sports and local healthcare initiatives.

Among his many contributions to area youth activities, Willich purchased new uniforms and equipment for Pedro Menendez High School this season. He has also donated money for equipment and uniforms to the Hastings Police Athletic League (PAL) in Jacksonville for a number of years, a youth football league where Steward played for several years.

“You never know what an impact you can make with generosity,” said Richard Willich. “An area business man donates to a small-town public league or a local school, and a few years later one of those young men is in a position to make a huge impact on his community. Tony is a great athlete, and an incredible person, and I’m honored that he would include me in this exciting day.”

The event celebrating Tony Steward’s selection was held today at Pedro Menendez High School in Steward’s hometown of St. Augustine, Florida.

You can see Steward play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 8th, 2011, live on NBC.

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