A Registered 501(c)3 Public Charity
Josias A. Sterling Memorial FundThe TENTH and FINAL JAS “Apple Pie” 7s Rugby Tournament will be played the day after Thanksgiving, November 23, 2018.
Josias A Sterling:
July 1, 1990 – July 24, 2009
Little Flower Smile,
The Horizon Has Promise,
No One Can Stop You
— Haiku Written by Josias
The Josias Sterling Memorial Fund is a charitable foundation that honors the memory of Josias A. Sterling. Josias tragically lost his life when swept away by a riptide in July 2009. The goal of the Josias Sterling Memorial Fund is to sponsor the Josias A. Sterling Aquatic Education Program at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Philadelphia. This program introduces at least 100 children yearly to swimming and water safety.
About the Josias Sterling Memorial Fund
It began the day before the Surfside Sevens Rugby tournament in 2009 when 19-year old Josias Sterling – a Temple University sophomore, and the Temple rugby club’s “Rookie of the Year” – was in Ocean City. He was gearing up to play at the Surfside Sevens the next day with the St. Joe’s Prep alumni when the unthinkable happened. While tossing around a rugby ball with a teammate in shallow water in the ocean, Josias was pulled out to sea in a riptide and tragically lost his life.
Josias’s teammates from the St. Joe’s Prep alumni played the 2009 Surfside Sevens the next day, grief-stricken, yet determined to compete in memory of their beloved friend and teammate. Out of respect, the team played one man short that day.
The Delaware Valley rugby community, with it’s legendary camaraderie, was equally inspired by the loss of this young athlete. Going forward, the U-19 bracket of the Surfside Sevens would be called the Josias Sterling bracket. A plan was hatched by rugby friends from St. Joe’s Prep and Temple to create another sevens tournament in the fall that would be played for charity. The money raised would provide water safety and swimming lessons to children from undeserved neighborhoods in Philadelphia.
Always played on the Friday after Thanksgiving – the JAS “Apple Pie” 7s is a popular event and successfully serving it’s mission, funding water safety and swimming instructions for hundreds of children and some adults through THE JOSIAS A. STERLING AQUATIC EDUCATION PROGRAM at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Center in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia. The program is an official local partner of the national Make a Splash initiative of the USA Swimming Foundation.
“The JAS “Apple Pie” 7s has plenty of room to grow” said organizing coach Bill Gregory. “And you can’t beat the setting,” he added, “with wide-open fields, historic houses of Fairmont park nearby and the skyline of the city visible just above the tree line. It’s a great day. The more we grow our sponsorships and the more teams that play, the better we are able to serve our mission… to honor the memory of an inspiring young rugby player, Josias Sterling, by supporting life-saving water safety in his city.”
To become an event sponsor or to sign up a club or team for the JAS “Apple Pie” 7s, contact Coach Bill Gregory at 215-669-7058 or [email protected]
- Bill and Angela Gregory
CharitySmith accepts donations in two ways:
Josias A. Sterling Memorial Fund
CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation
13100 Filly Lane
Truckee, CA 96161
The above Memorial Fund is established as a division of CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation (EIN 87-0636433). All donations are tax deductible in accordance with federal tax law. Receipts for tax purposes are sent via US Mail within two weeks of donation. Please consider asking if your employer participates in a gift-matching program. If so, your donation may be matched by your employer. For questions regarding your donation or this memorial fund please contact CharitySmith.