Golf outing will help Brick and North Carolina students

The Handchen family is synonymous with Brick Township, especially when it comes to athletics. Harold “Hank” Handchen was the Green Dragons’ longtime athletic director and his sons Hank and Rick both worked in the school district, with Rick assuming his father’s former title before retiring in 2017, five years later. Hank’s retirement.

Rick and his wife Crystal moved to Pinehurst, North Carolina with their daughter Ashleigh, who was a track athlete at UNC Charlotte. Everything was in place, with Rick playing a lot of golf and coaching at a local high school while Crystal pursued her passion as a cheerleading coach, which she had done throughout her teaching career at The Brick.

Crystal & Rick with their daughter Ashleigh

Crystal & Rick with their daughter Ashleigh

In April 2021, Crystal passed away suddenly, which was a devastating loss to her family, friends, students, and others who knew her. In honor of his memory and in an effort to maintain his legacy, the Crystal Marousis Foundation Handchen Walk With Me was created and on Thursday, August 4, the non-profit will host a golf tournament and giveaway auction at Harbor Pines Golf Club.

All proceeds will go to the foundation, which last spring provided $1,000 scholarships to students at Brick Memorial and Pinecrest High School. Their main focus is the two high schools in The Brick and the one in North Carolina.

The organization is looking for golfers, sponsors and donations for their giveaway auction. For more information, you can visit their website at or contact Maria at 908-783-5802. If you have a connection to The Brick, the Handchen family, or just want to help the kids and enjoy a day on the golf course, call to reserve your spot today!

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