Institute for Culture and Society presents lecture

For immediate release: Sept. 14, 2009

BLOOMSBURG — Pottsville natives Jason and Vincent Genovese will talk about the controversy surrounding their hometown football team's championship victory in a program, "The Pottsville Maroons and the NFL's Stolen Championship of 1925," Thursday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. in the Schweiker Room of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's Andruss Library. The lecture, sponsored by BU's Institute for Culture and Society, is open to the public free of charge.

"My father and I were born and raised in the Pottsville area, and we feel it's an important piece of local and regional Pennsylvania history," said Jason Genovese, a BU mass communications instructor. "Football is an increasingly potent cultural force, and we hope to introduce our audience to the Maroons' amazing story, the role this team played in the development of professional football and the future success of the National Football League."

The Maroons' championship was stripped following a controversial game against the famed Four Horsemen of Notre Dame. Genovese and his father will explain how this game impacted the future of the Pottsville Maroons and left a lasting legacy in the coal region.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.