Greenwich, Connecticut is a place Scooter Harrington cannot only call home, but a mixture of the experiences that have molded him into a promising young man. As a standout for the Greenwich Cardinals, on-and-off the field, Scooter attributes a ton of his success to his family, friends and the community that aided his upbringing.
“The town [of Greenwich] really shaped how I am today. I’ve met so many great people, so many great families,” said Scooter.
The town could say the same about what Scooter has done for it, leaving Greenwich High with a 4.4 grade point average and being named an All-American tight end and all-state lacrosse player his senior season. Scooter volunteered throughout his high school career with the grade school football and lacrosse programs, providing technique, academic discipline and motivation to the future of the Greenwich athletics; further leaving an everlasting impression on his community and cementing his place as a local role-model.
“He’s just an incredible human being,” said Scooter’s high school coach, John Marinelli. “We’re still talking about Scooter Harrington.”
In light of these accomplishments, Scooter was named a 2016 National Football Foundation (NFF) High School Scholar-Athlete recipient, where he was nominated by the Ralph Desantis/Fairfield County Chapter. He received this prestigious award in the midst of his freshman season, while on football scholarship at Stanford University.
“In football, usually, if they’re doing well in the classroom they’re great guys in the locker room, on the field and in the community,” said Coach Marinelli. “Scooter is the perfect culmination in all three of those areas.”
Scooter comes from a long line of intelligent, hardworking athletes, as his older brother, Jack, is a junior on Duke University’s lacrosse team. Scooter’s parents were both athletes at Boston College – his father, Scott, played football for the Eagles and his mother, Kathy, excelled on the softball team.
So it was only fitting that Kathy called Scooter with the news that he had just won the 2016 NFF Scholar-Athlete award. It brought about a joyous reflection for Scooter and all he had put into his prep career.
“It was really great to hear it from her; everything I’ve done in my life has been with her,” said Scooter. “Getting this news from her was a perfect culmination of my high school academic and athletic career. I was really grateful.”
But it wasn’t only Kathy’s well-doing that made the award so special – it was the other two Harrington boys who contributed as well.
Scooter remembers watching his father, Scott, give direction to his older brother, Jack, during their youth football days. Scott became heavily involved in the kids’ development as student-athletes, enforcing the value of academics just as much as their performance on the field. This resulted in Scooter and Jack pushing each other to excel in both areas – so when Scooter got the opportunity to play varsity with his big brother as a sophomore at Greenwich, it made it all worth it.
“Driving with my brother to practice everyday, when he was a senior and I was a sophomore, had to be the best feeling in the world,” said Scooter. “That was really cool for me.”
At the NFF scholarship banquet, Scooter saw his athletic, academic and community accomplishments all come full circle, as he not only walked away with the grand prize, but he was also able to have dinner with a longtime friend who was separated by schools – Scooter going to the public Greenwich and his longtime friend Dillon Daine who attended the private Trinity Catholic in nearby Stamford. They never got the chance to play against each other in high school, but sitting at the scholarship banquet together gave Scooter another remembrance of his time well spent in Greenwich.
“It was really cool getting to have dinner with him and his family,” said Scooter. “It made me realize how much football does bring a brotherhood aspect to people’s lives.”
It was truly a full-circle moment the night of the banquet, as Dillion’s father once coached Scooter’s father, many moons ago. This, amongst the many other experiences has Scooter sure of how he will serve the game and his community well after his playing days are done.
“I’m definitely going to coach football when I grow up. Whether it be [with] my kids or just helping out where I’m living with the youth football programs,” said Scooter. “I want to do what this game and community has done for me.”