A Letter From the President


Dear Former Bearcat / Bearcat Supporter:

On March 26, 2006, a group of former Solvay HS football players created an organization called The Bearcat Pride.

The purpose of the organization is to raise funds for the charitable and educational well being of the Solvay football team, its coaches, and general program. The group will strive to support the program by providing essentials that are considered outside the budgetary confines of the school and/or the booster club. Since our inception, we have accomplished the following:

  • $6,500 in college scholarships for Bearcat football players
  • Purchased state of the art video equipment
  • Football equipment (sleds, tackling dummies, etc.)
  • Practice apparel for players
  • Provided team meals the past 6 years for the Varsity

In addition to the accomplishments listed above, The Bearcat Pride sponsored our former coach, Al Merola, as he was inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame on October 22, 2007, and we sponsored Al Romano ’72, as he was inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame on October 17, 2011.

Obviously we need your help to realize the aggressive agenda we’ve set for the organization. Initially, The Bearcat Pride’s primary source of revenue will be provided by the membership dues of its participants, and we raise funds through other activities, such as our annual golf tournament.

On our website, you will find an application for membership into the organization. Keep in mind, your membership is a lifetime membership once you join. After completing the application, please forward the application and the onetime $25 membership fee to:

The Bearcat Pride
Attn: Mike McVey
4780 Cedarvale Road
Syracuse, NY 13215

Although we’ve compiled an impressive list of former players, we still lack many email addresses. Please take the time to forward the address of any supporter you feel may be interested in joining the organization. It would be very beneficial in our attempt to expand the group.

Best Regards,

Tom Venturini – ‘85