Since 1991, York Daily Record/Sunday News sports reporter Steve Navaroli has covered York County’s swim meets. He is a friendly face on the pool deck; Navaroli is well-known among nearly two generations of York County swimmers.
When York Suburban swimmers Emily Schmittle and Will Massey learned that Navaroli had been diagnosed with throat cancer, they wanted to do something to show support for the reporter who supported them and so many other student athletes for two-plus decades. Together, they created “Navaroli Nation” t-shirts. Proceeds from selling these bright yellow shirts emblazoned with the phrase “Navaroli Nation” go to the Navaroli family to help with medical expenses.
The first batch of 72 t-shirts is already sold out, but Schmittle and Massey plan to continue selling shirts at York Suburban sporting events and anywhere they are invited. The shirts sell for $10 (sizes small through large) and $11 (extra large). Interested in “joining the Nation?” You can order your t-shirt by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting the Navaroli Nation Facebook page.
Emily and Will’s actions have had a ripple effect on the York and Adams County community. Others are getting in on the act. Red Lion graduate Morgan Pfaff started an “I Swim for Steve” Facebook page, and Russ Stoner, varsity football coach for Spring Grove High School, says his team will raise funds for the Navaroli family as well. The York Ice Hockey Club has an event planned to benefit Steve and his family later this month.
To learn more about Steve Navaroli, the outpouring of support and Navaroli Nation, click here for a short video.
The York Daily Record/Sunday News shared a story about Steve and the Nation. You can read it here