The new picnic seating area inside Christy J. Valvo Stadium, at Owego Free Academy, was created through a donation from Toni Jo Katchuk-Richards in memory of her cousin, Jacqueline “Jackie” Sears-Hotchkiss.
Jackie, who passed away in 2016, was an Owego Free Academy graduate and spent 35 years working for the Owego Apalachin Central School District.
She began her career working at the Washington Gladden School and then moved to the Owego Apalachin Middle School on Elm Street as a Physical Education teacher.
During her time working for the district she coached a variety of sports, including Modified Football in 1981, Modified and Varsity Boys and Girls Track from 1972 to 1974, Varsity Girls Basketball from 1979 to 1988, Girls JV Soccer from 1986 to 1988, and Varsity Field Hockey in 1990.
The seating area features four round picnic tables with umbrellas and offers a great spot to sit with family and friends during stadium events.