Andrew Accardi died last October. A finance and marketing major at Villanova University, he was just 20 years old. For 15 years he’d fought neuroblastoma, a brutal childhood cancer.
Andrew had been a beloved and important member of the Staples golf team. They — and other friends — formed Andrew’s Army, raising (with him) hundreds of thousands of dollars for research into the disease.
Andrew’s friends and teammates are honoring him in a more personal way, too.
Yesterday, they unveiled a bench and plaque. It’s located near the halfway house at Longshore — Staples’ home course — overlooking the 9th green, and down the fairway.
The plaque includes 3 words — “selfless, courageous, virtuous” — that, according to coach Tom Owen, epitomize Andrew.
Owen and assistant coach Bill Walsh picked the spot for 2 reasons.
It is where they watched Andrew bravely finish a round in frigid weather. He refused to leave the course until he was done.
Now, it will be the spot where Staples and their opponents meet at the end of each match to total their scores.
Andrew’s father spoke yesterday, at the dedication.
“If I’m feeling selfish, afraid or less virtuous, I will sit here and have some peace,” Dr. Frank Accardi said.
“Knowing our son and brother, your friend and teammate, was loved and remembered by the people is so important. His spirit will help us get through tough times.”