Needham Youth Plays in Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl

Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Andres J. Lugo
Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Andres J. Lugo

Connor Strachan, a line backer from St. Sebastian’s High School in Needham, was recognized for academic and athletic excellence and was chosen to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl as a result.

Strachan helped the East get 24 points, but it was not enough to overcome the West, who came out on top with 31.

The game took place in Carson, Calif. Jan. 5 at The Stubhub Center. It was aired by Fox Sports. According to the Semper Fidelis website, the All-American Bowl is supported by the United States Marine Corps and is designed to be different than other bowls. The players selected to represent the eastern and western halves of the country were chosen not only because they are among the most talented players in the nation, but also because they “bring something more to the game.” The Semper Fidelis Football Program provides Marines with opportunities to engage America's youth and their influencers nationwide, and instills the Marine's values of honor, courage and commitment to help players gain success on and off the field.

According to an article written by Lance Corporal Francisco Martinez, Strachan loves the competitiveness of the game and what it represents.

“It’s awesome competing with other athletes at this kind of level, back home you don’t really get a chance to play someone with these skills.” Strachan said. “The Marines are awesome, [they’re] able to keep it so disciplined, it’s really inspiring.”

Strachan will be attending Boston College to major in business.


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