Wellsville honors late football coach with scholarship fund

Athletes and the community held the 1st annual Nick DeSarro Powerlifting Meet to honor the strength coach who passed away last year

The 1st annual Nick DeSarro Powerlifting Meet was held in Wellsville to raise money for the scholarship fund in his name.

WELLSVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) – Wellsville High School football coach Nick DeSarro passed away one year ago, but the school and community stepped up to keep his legacy alive and well.

“We want to honor his name and remember him,” said DeSarro’s mother, Shelley Grimm.

The players loved their strength coach, who also founded the Wellsville High School booster club.

“He was amazing with his football players and cared so much about them, and that’s why we wanted to do this for him and hold this in his honor,” said Kayla Swogger of Wellsville.

On Saturday, athletes from across Columbiana County gathered for the 1st annual Nick DeSarro Powerlifting Meet.

“This is a fundraiser that he actually wanted to start to have to fund the boosters,” Grimm said.

After his passing, DeSarro’s family and community decided they would use the money for something a little more personal. The proceeds will go toward the Nick DeSarro Scholarship Fund to help future high school senior athletes.

Family and friends who coordinated the event say they’ve never organized anything like this before. They were shocked that over 200 people showed up to participate or watch.

“I can tell you that whatever goal we had in our own minds personally, by looking at all of this, we have far surpassed it,” Grimm said. “I know he’s smiling big.”

DeSarro’s athletes say if he had been there, he would have been next to the racks, cheering them on.

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