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Thompson might star in Big 33 football TV ad

By Dan Miller danmiller@pressandjournal.com
Posted 4/12/17

Jaelen Thompson and Middletown in general might be featured in a television commercial that WHP CBS 21 hopes to air during the live broadcast of the Big 33 football game Saturday, June …

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Thompson might star in Big 33 football TV ad

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Jaelen Thompson and Middletown in general might be featured in a television commercial that WHP CBS 21 hopes to air during the live broadcast of the Big 33 football game Saturday, June 17.

Borough council on April 4 voted 7-0 to set aside $1,250 as the borough’s share toward making the commercial, at the urging of Councilor Ben Kapenstein, who said he had been approached by the TV station about making the commercial.

Kapenstein proposed that the other $1,250 come from Middletown Area School District. Superintendent Lori Suski said that the matter was on the agenda of the school board’s finance committee on Tuesday, April 11.

Kapenstein was approached by Chris Miller, integrated marketing specialist for CBS 21.

Miller also lives in Middletown.

Thompson, the Blue Raiders’ record-setting running back, is one of four players from central Pennsylvania who have been picked for the roster of the 60th anniversary Big 33 classic, which will be played at Central Dauphin’s Landis Field.

The game matches high school all-stars from Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Thompson was one of five finalists for the Small School 2016 Mr. PA Football award. He will play in college at Towson University in Maryland.

Middletown’s all-time leading rusher helped the Blue Raiders reach the 2016 PIAA AAA championship game.

He rushed for 3,940 yards to pass the 3,409 yards by Rodney Ramsey, whose last season was in 2008.

The 5-foot-10-inch, 190-pound senior played defensive back as well as running back.

Thompson was a Mid-Penn All-Star. He was named to the PA Writers All State Team and the All Eastern PA Team, and was selected as Eastern PA Football Player of the Year.

The game starts at 7 p.m. June 17 and will be aired live by WHP’s affiliate the CW, Miller said. The commercial featuring Thompson and Middletown would air four times during the Big 33 game.

“It’s a really easy way to show support for the kids in our area,” Miller said.

The commercial is a great idea, not just to show support for Thompson but to showcase the entire town, said Terrance Jefferson, a Middletown Area High School sophomore who is borough council’s non-voting liaison to the school district.

“With our football team being so successful this year, not only did the football team become a family but it was like everybody kind of set aside their differences and became more like one giant student section family,” Jefferson said.

“We are a smallish community in central Pennsylvania surrounded by bigger giants. People know of us but they don’t know who we are, so it would be a great thing to not only get our name out there but to let people know that we are a town that takes pride in our town.”

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