Emlen Tunnell Statue at night photo credit John Nagle

Statue Dedication Ceremony at the Radnor Township Municiple Building

June 2, 2018 – Emlen Tunnell Statue Unveiling. SLDC Museum 301 Iven Ave Wayne, Pa 19087. Sculptor Jennifer Frudakis Petry to the right of #45. Emlen's niece Catherine Robinson, to the left of the 7 foot bronze statue.


How Emlen Tunnell’s Past Became Part of Coast Guard History

The following article appeared in the “Reservist,” the official publication of the United States Coast Guard Reserve. It was published in 2013, and tells the story of the legend and hero, Emlen Tunnel.



Click here to read the remainder of the story

The Bo Ryan Challenge

Following the Cavalcade of Stars luncheon that acknowledged local sports excellence and preserve the heritage of our local sports history, Bo Ryan, an accomplished three-sport athlete at Chester High School, was a three-year starter on the Wilkes College basketball team, most notably served as the former coach of the University of Wisconsin basketball team before retiring with the highest winning percentage in the history of Big Ten Basketball.

Following the meeting, Bo, a member of the Emlen Tunnell Statue Committee, asked “Of the 75,000 dollars needed to pay for the statue, how much more is needed?"  When told that we have raised $55,000, leaving $20,000 to go, his response was immediate:  "Let's get this done. If there is an individual, club, organization, business or company willing to donate $10,000, I will match it with a donation of the final $10,000.”

If there is anyone willing to respond to coach Ryan's Challenge, you can notify Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or email: vankoski21@comcast.net.


This is a GREAT CHALLENGE, given by a GREAT individual! Thanks, Bo!

Raising Funds for a Statue of Radnor Hero and Superstar Emlen Tunnell



Help us cross the goal line by contributing to the Emlen Tunnell Statue Fund. This World War II hero – the first African American member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame – will be honored by having a statue made in his honor.

We are inviting you to be part of this historic project by making your tax-deductible donation the the Sports Legends of Delaware County Fund. All those who contribute will be recognized by having their name published in a commemorative program booklet st the statue’s dedication ceremony.

Click below to contribute:

Emlen Tunnell Statue Tribute - Sponsorship Levels:
 Please click here for current list of donors 

 (all donations are tax deductible):

World War II Heroism Sponsor= $10,000
Premiere listing on the Tunnell Statue Commemorative Plaque on permanent display at the museum. Naming rights to one the seven galleries on display at the SLDC Museum (10) Tickets to the VIP Hall of Fame Luncheon with NFL legends and sports celebrities prior to Grand Unveiling Ceremony. Date TBD
(1) full-page, color advertisement in Emlen Tunnell Keepsake Journal
(2) priceless replicas of Emlen Tunnell sculpture, curated by the sculptor.
Sponsor listing and logo featured on SLDC website and all printed materials.
2-Year Membership to SLDC Museum
Emlen Tunnell Limited Edition Card Set and SLDC fan gear

NFL Hall of Fame Sponsor= $7,500
Prominent listing on the Tunnell Statue Commemorative Plaque on permanent display at the museum (5) Tickets to the VIP Hall of Fame Luncheon with NFL legends and sports celebrities prior to Grand Unveiling Ceremony. Date TBD
(1) half-page, color advertisement in Emlen Tunnell Keepsake Journal
(1) priceless replica of Emlen Tunnell sculpture, curated by the sculptor.
Sponsor listing and logo featured on SLDC website and all printed materials.
1-Year Membership to SLDC Museum
Emlen Tunnell Limited Edition Card Set and SLDC fan gear

Pro Bowl Sponsor= $5,000
Listing on the Tunnell Statue Commemorative Plaque on permanent display at the museum
(5) Tickets to the VIP Hall of Fame Luncheon with NFL legends and sports celebrities prior to Grand Unveiling Ceremony. Date TBD
(1) half-page, black & white advertisement in Emlen Tunnell Keepsake Journal Sponsor listing and logo featured on SLDC website and all printed materials.
1-Year Membership to SLDC Museum
 Emlen Tunnell Limited Edition Card Set and SLDC fan gear

Touchdown Sponsor= $1,000
 Listing on the Tunnell Statue Commemorative Plaque on permanent display at the museum
 (2) Ticket to the VIP Hall of Fame Luncheon with NFL legends and sports celebrities prior to Grand Unveiling Ceremony. Date TBD Sponsor name listing featured on SLDC website and all printed materials.
1-Year Membership to SLDC Museum
Emlen Tunnell Limited Edition Card Set and SLDC fan gear

Interception Sponsor= $500
1-Year Membership to SLDC Museum
Emlen Tunnell Limited Edition Card Set and SLDC fan gear
(1) Ticket to the VIP Hall of Fame Luncheon with NFL legends and sports celebrities prior to Grand Unveiling Ceremony. Date TBD

Punt Return Sponsor= $100- $499
1-Year Membership to SLDC Museum,
Emlen Tunnell Limited Edition Card Set and SLDC fan gear

Kick Return Sponsor= $25- $99
1-Year Membership to SLDC Museum
Emlen Tunnell Limited Edition Card Set