Frank “Bumba” Maddon participated in a variety of local sports in addition to playing varsity football at Hazleton High School and Mansfield State College. He was also on the HHS varsity track and JV wrestling teams.
“Frank has demonstrated tremendous courage in the face of extremely difficult adversity,” said banquet chairman Tony Farnell.
Maddon played Little League Baseball, Police Athletic League basketball and midget football from 1963-1966. His midget football coaches were Rich Rabbitz and Jack Seiwell.
He was a member of the Hazleton High School varsity football and track teams from 1969 to 1971 and junior varsity in wrestling from 1968-69. Following graduation from HHS in 1971 he attended Mansfield State College where he played football. In addition to coaching PAL basketball with Louie Ferdinand during his adult years, he pitched for the championship J&A Asphalt and Fiore’s softball teams during the 1980s. He was also the number one pitcher for the Freeland VFW and Dingo’s softball teams.
An avid golfer, hunter and fisherman, Maddon also competed in darts for several teams in the Freeland League and at the Eckley Club and played in pool competition for the Golden Cue Lounge.
He received an Achievement Award from the Eckley Sports and Social Club in 1999.
Maddon retired from the White Haven Center in 1994 and then worked for Owens Corning in Humboldt Industrial Park and later for Equipment Distributing Corp. of Hazleton until 1999.
He and his wife, Janet have three children. He is a son of Irene Maddon and the late Carmen “Buzz” Maddon. His brother, Ron, also lettered in sports at Hazleton High and he also has a sister Roz.