“The Cicerchi name may be on the field, but let us remember the name that ignites and rekindles the flame of love for our alma mater is His Holy Name.” Class of 1965 graduate Rich Cicerchi’s words resonated well with Holy Name alumni, students and supporters, who came to the Cicerchi Field Blessing and Dedication Ceremony on Saturday, October 21.
Retired auxiliary Bishop of Cleveland Roger W. Gries opened the ceremony. In a special prayer, he said, “May almighty God bless this field. Bless all who will be participating in any sport or activity on this field, so that enriched and strengthened by the gift of this field, to Holy Name High School, the Green Wave may continue to prosper and continue to flow to victory.”
President Terrence Kenneally ’67 then welcomed Cicerchi to reflect on why it was important to him to support the project, and make the turf field a reality. “I did this because ‘character intangibles’ were either first experienced or uniquely reinforced during my football days at Holy Name,” said Cicerchi. “They became a part of me, even to this day, and are foundational to all of my success as a husband, father, businessman and Christian. Hopefully, this field will help today’s Namers have a similar experience.”
Student-athletes, band members and cheerleaders were all involved in the ceremony. Drum line members provided musical entertainment before and after the dedication, while Giovanna Layne ’21 lent her beautiful voice to sing the National Anthem and alma mater. Varsity and JV football cheerleaders led the crowd in a “We are HN” chant, and student-athletes from the football, girls soccer, volleyball and cross country teams were all represented.
“Take a look at this field and what we have accomplished in two years. It’s just phenomenal,” said Kenneally. “With the help of Bishop Lennon who gave us the go-ahead to start this project, with the assistance of Mayor Byrne from Parma Heights who has been invaluable, and with the countless other people who have had a hand in this project, I am proud to say I am a Holy Namer today.”