BALTIMORE (WJZ)– A donation from two professional football players is turned down by one Harford County high school.

It’s a move rarely made by school leaders, but Gigi Barnett explains why they said, “No, thank you.”

Aberdeen High School’s football scoreboard is old and outdated.

“The blue is dull, lights are missing. It doesn’t fit in,” Colin Stewart, an Aberdeen High School student, said.

“When we’re watching the games, my friends are like, ‘What’s the score?’ and we don’t know because we can’t see it,” said Julian Cortez, an Aberdeen High School student.

A new scoreboard costs at least $50,000.

The school thought its scoreboard dilemma was done when Minnesota Viking players and brothers E.J. and Erin Henderson offered to foot $20,000 of the bill.

Aberdeen is their alma mater and in exchange for the gift they wanted their family name on the new scoreboard.

But this week, Harford County’s school leaders turned the offer down.

In a written statement to WJZ, school spokeswoman Teri Kranefeld wrote: “The Harford County Board of Education rejected the scoreboard installation proposal based on the current advertising policy parameters.”

That means no family names on public school property.

“It’s like a slap in the face, honestly,” Erin Henderson said. “Here we are thinking we can try to do something big, trying to give back to the community. Trying to do something positive to help out the people who helped us out in different ways when we were growing up and coming up. And we saw this opportunity.”

The next step now is the brothers get their money back. Erin Henderson said he and his brother originally planned to rehab the entire field starting with the scoreboard. But that is no longer a goal for them.

School leaders say they will begin raising money for a new scoreboard from corporate sponsors.

Comments (43)
  1. JQP says:

    Personally, i think the two parties are caught up in foolishness. The Hendrrsons are showing a distinct lack of character in their insistence that the school advertise their names on the board and the school board is displaying their lack of flexibility. I mean, really? A bunch of adults that can’t sit down and come up with a compromise that feeds the athlete’s egos while maintaining policy standards? Really? I bet that the people in this forum could come up with something in 10 minutes!

    Here’s an idea, why don’t they come up with an extracurricular mural project where the students can honor all of the people who have contributed to the school and the success of the students? Or the school could develop a program where outstanding alumni that have given something back to the school are honored in a special place within the school?….kind of like the athletes trophy case. Just some thoughts.

  2. ALG says:

    I bet the kids could figure this out. Great (not really) example adults.

  3. queen says:

    All of you including those two jitterbugs the Henderson’s can go fuc yourselves. It’s all about the money & publicity.

  4. Legend says:

    i mean it seems like they want the fame that comes with charity. They did a good thing and want to be acknowledged for it. your already famous. What good would having your name on a score board do?

  5. ddm says:

    I am not from the area or have never been there. I would think that since it is a school and town issue that they would put a vote on it by the students and towns people, due to the fact that we as a society are letting a handful of people control matters that makes an impact on many. And if the school board was going to handle the situation to begin with what is taking them so long.

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