Francis Lore

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A Bucknell University graduate, Franny moved to Dover, Delaware in 1951 and began organizing and promoting youth and high school athletics on the local scene. He helped organize the Dover Little
League in 1951 and managed a team for several seasons. He was instrumental in starting Pop Warner football in Kent County and helped organize the Mid-Del Football Officials Association in 1950 and
officiated eight years. Lore had a daily sports radio show on WDOV, Dover (1963-1978) and broadcast Dover High School football 1968-78; he was color man in basketball from 1970-78. Lore wrote a
weekly sports column for the Dover Post, served as President of the Wesley College Booster Association for two years, and was a guiding force in organizing the Lower Delaware Gridiron Club banquets
from 1975-78. The club’s major annual award, the “Fran Lore Scholarship” is presented to a young athlete who overcame a handicap and went on to excel in a sport or sports. Franny was a member at both
Maple Dale and Pine Valley (N.J.) Country Clubs. He was recognized as a true giant in promoting a wide variety of sports in Lower Delaware for 25 years (1953-78).



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