Wheeling Park Donates to ALS Cause
The Wheeling Park High School football program has contributed to an ALS-related cause for the second consecutive year in honor of former Patriot head coach and assistant athletic director Mark Nardone who died Dec. 25, 2016, of the disease.
Nardone’s widow and Ohio County Schools teacher Sudie Nardone presented Wheeling resident and ALS patient Don Finsley and his wife, Kanette, with a $1,000 check on Monday at Wheeling Park High School. The money was collected on Nov. 2 during halftime of the Wheeling Park vs. John Marshall football game through donations from fans of both teams.
Wheeling Park head football coach Chris Daugherty said the last Patriot home football game of the season has become known as the “Mark Nardone/ALS Game,” and he said he plans to continue to collect donations for an ALS-related patient or charity as long as he is the team’s coach. He said the Finsley family was chosen to receive the donation following a recommendation from Finsley family friend and former Wheeling Park coach Buck Porter.
Pictured in front from left are Sudie Nardone, Kanette Finsley, Don Finsley and Wheeling Park football player Jack Stakem. Pictured in the second row are Coach Chris Daugherty, Patriot players Alex Dunlevy, Brandon Brown and Jordan Alridge, and Porter.