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Widener University dedicates football field

Field dedication

Widener Trustee Jim Hirschmann III and his father, James Hirschmann II, alongside the newly named Elizabeth J. Hirschmann Field.

Widener University recently named its football field in memory of the matriarch of a football family with deep Widener connections.

Through a generous gift to the university, alumnus Jim Hirschmann III ’82, a member of Widener’s Board of Trustees, paid tribute to the memory of his late mother, Elizabeth J. Hirschmann.

Elizabeth J. Hirschmann Field was unveiled before kickoff under the lights at a Catholic League high school game played at Widener, between LaSalle College High School and St. Joseph’s Preparatory School.  

“We are truly honored to have our field bear the Hirschmann name,” Widener President Julie E. Wollman said. “This is a wonderful way to memorialize a remarkable woman.”

Jim Hirschmann played football for four years at Widener and was captain of the 1981 team. The team was undefeated that year and went on to be named national champions. Hirschmann and his five brothers all played in the Catholic League during their high school years, and their father, James Hirschmann II, was a league coach for nearly 20 years. Elizabeth Hirschmann never missed a game or the chance to cheer on her family. She passed away in June.

Wollman welcomed Jim Hirschmann III, his father, seven siblings and their families, Widener football coaching legend Bill Manlove and defensive backs coach Bob Young, fellow captains Tony Britton and Tim Keyser of the 1981 team, friends and families to the dedication. Colin Hirschmann played for LaSalle College High School in the first game played on his grandmother’s newly named field, which kicked off minutes after the dedication.

“This was a fitting tribute to my mother, who took so much joy from watching her family play the game,” Jim Hirschmann said. “My memories of playing football for Widener will last a lifetime. It seemed fitting to honor her in this way.”

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website,