The Maverick Foundation is a 501c(3) organization that was established in 2002 to empower well-rounded mature young adults who lead by example and have the ability and confidence to envision a future for themselves where their mind, body and spirit reach their full potential by setting and achieving goals and who possess a passion for helping others. We provide incentive based scholarships to graduating eighth graders entering high school who are willing to accept the challenge of the Congressional Award Program. Scholarship recipients are required to achieve the prestigious Gold Medal prior to graduating from high school that requires them to perform 400 hours of community service, 200 hours of personal development, and 200 hours of physical activity. All applicants are encouraged to review the requirements of the Congressional Award at www.congressionalaward.org prior to applying for a scholarship.
Two tragic wrongs do not make a right, but The Maverick Foundation is trying while making the world a little better one young person at a time.
Joe Gullickson from Moore Catholic’s class of 1982 was an FDNY Lieutenant with Ladder Company 101 in Red Hook when he sacrificed his life at The WTC on September 11, 2001 while saving the lives of others. Joe possessed a genuine concern for others and would do anything for anyone anytime. “No” was not in his vocabulary. FDNY Captain Tom Giordano said, “Joe was an exceptional officer, always learning, always teaching, and, above all, always looking out for his men. I am proud to call Joe a brother, a hero, and a friend.”
Dan McGuire from Moore Catholic’s class of 1977 tragically lost his life in an automobile accident in September of 1976 at the age of 17. Dan was a natural leader and co-captain of Moore Catholic’s track team. He always gave 110% and was a true friend. His track coach, Bill Hodge, said, “If ever I was to have a son, Danny is like what I want my son to be. He had so many good attributes – he was tough, a fine athlete, and combined that with a sensitivity toward his fellow human beings.” Dan’s favorite motto was, “TO THE MAX.”
Jim McGuire, The Maverick Foundation Chairman, and Bob Gullickson, The Maverick Foundation President, were close friends with each other’s brother through elementary school and high school at Moore Catholic. We were inspired to establish The Maverick Foundation to honor the lives of our brothers and continue their legacy.