Lycoming teammates, coaches support Tkach
When Jim Tkach played his college football at Lycoming College back in the 70s, they formed such a tight knit group that even when they parted following graduation, they ties were never cut.
The bond became even stronger when Tkach's son Bo committed suicide back in 2007.
Jim and his wife Sandy wanted to do something that would help others with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other mental health issues and formed the Bo Tkach Foundation. The biggest fundraider for the foundation is the Bo Tkach Memorial Golf Tournament, held each year in early May.
The tournament has drawn numerous sponsors and one of the regular sponsors is "Lycoming Football Teams 1977-78".
This year, at the 6th Annual Bo Tkach Foundation Golf Tournament, over 20 former teammates and coaches of Tkach's made the trip once again to not only be one of the sponsors, but participate in the tournament.
Frank Girardi, the long-time, legendary coach at Lycoming, who was there when Tkach played, still makes the trip and wouldn't miss it.
"We have such camaradie among our former players, especially these guys that played in the 70s," Girardi said after the tournament. "Jimmy was one of the guys and it was such a close-knit group and we maintained contact with these guys throughout the years.
"Obviously when this happened with Bo, we certainly banded together and we wanted Jimmy to know we were here supporting them in every way.
"We see each other at different times during the year, but this is a special occasion. It's a first class event, run first class and it's for such a great cause. All of us couldn't be more proud of Jim and his family."