Oxford Rotary Club May Seniors of the Month
Oxford Area High School students Dylan Coyle and Daniel Torres-Garcia were honored as Oxford Rotary Club Seniors of the Month for May. Pictured from left are Oxford Rotary Club President-Tracie Eller, Eugenia Garcia and Daniel Torres-Garcia and Dylan, Kathleen and William Coyle.
Oxford Area High School Class of 2017 graduates Dylan Coyle and Daniel Torres-Garcia were honored as Oxford Rotary Club Seniors of the Month for May.
Dylan, son of Kathleen and William Coyle, has since he was in fourth grade wanted to pursue a career as a sports broadcaster, with the ultimate goal of calling play-by-play for the Philadelphia Flyers. His career path began in fifth grade, when he did public address announcing for the Oxford Little League.
Dylan was involved in morning news programs at each of his schools, and while in high school began calling Avon Grove High School sports on live-stream video. He also developed contacts with several professional TV and radio sportscasters in the Philadelphia area.
Dylan’s determination to learn everything he could about sports broadcasting at an early age led to on-air appearances on WIP sports radio and the Temple University radio station, WHIP. He has also worked on broadcasts of the ECHL Reading Royals, and this past season got a taste of his career dream when he had the opportunity to sit in the booth during a Flyers broadcast.
Dylan recently founded a website called Good Night, Good Hockey (www.gnghockey.com) which covers everything hockey-related as well as selected streamed broadcasts of all sports. The site has a 10-member staff, and when he spoke to the Rotary Club the site’s live-streams had already had over 60,000 views. Dylan will cover the upcoming season of the Flyers’ minor league affiliate Lehigh Valley Phantoms for the popular Broad Street Hockey blog.
This fall Dylan will attend Temple University to study journalism.
Daniel, son of Eugenia Garcia and Jose Torres, spoke about his experiences as a member of the Interact club which is sponsored at the high school by the Oxford Rotary Club. Daniel said he wanted to join a club where membership was not as large as in other organizations, feeling he would have an opportunity to make more of an impact.
Daniel sought and was elected to the position of public relations officer, which he said helped him develop self-confidence and leadership skills. He is particularly proud of his role in helping organize Interact’s recent Game Night event, which raised funds for the Rotary Club’s project to build an inclusive playground at Oxford Memorial Park.
A graduate of the computer information systems program at Chester County Technical College High School, Daniel said his love of video games inspired him to present the concept of a game night fundraiser to the club membership. In addition to video games, the event gave attendees an opportunity to play traditional board games, ping pong and other activities.
“The event was a resounding success,” Daniel told the Rotary members. “I’m really happy that not only did we raise a lot of money for a good cause, but I was told by a lot of people there that they normally wouldn’t come to school events, but this was something they wanted to be a part of.”
This fall Daniel will continue his studies in computer science and information technology at Delaware County Community College.