The Second Mile’s plan to transfer its assets is on hold, officially.
A judge Tuesday approved The Second Mile’s request to stay the proceedings for its petition to transfer its assets and programs to Arrow Child and Family Ministries Inc., of Houston. The charity sought the stay last week, saying it would not go through until all claims by Jerry Sandusky’s child abuse victims are resolved.
Interim CEO Dave Woodle said the charity asked for the stay because leaders believed the voices of Sandusky’s victims had been lost in the process.
Second Mile went ahead with its petition in May, but in June, some victims objected to the plan. The state’s Supreme Court assigned Senior Judge William Morgan to preside over what was unfolding as another case unfolding from the Sandusky scandal.
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Tuesday, Morgan also canceled a status conference scheduled for Friday that was to be between the attorneys for the charity and victims from the Sandusky case.
For The Second Mile, the intertwining of Sandusky and the charity he founded in 1977 ultimately was its undoing.
Sandusky was long its public face, including during his coaching career at Penn State and after he retired in 1999 to focus more on the charity.
After the criminal charges became public in November, the charity saw a drop in donor support and community support. Its former CEO, Jack Raykovitz, resigned, and questions swirled as to what he and other top leaders knew of allegations against Sandusky in years past.
Charity leaders determined in May that Second Mile’s association with Sandusky was too difficult to overcome, so they filed court paperwork to transfer the assets and dissolve.
Now, the question remains how long the charity can survive running on its cash reserves.
Woodle has said the charity can go on for a few months. He said there are plans to run the Friend program, which pairs youngsters with college students for positive role-modeling-building relationships, in October.
Earlier this year, more than 300 students from across the state participated in Second Mile summer camps, and the charity hosted a leadership skill-building conference for high-schoolers at a local hotel.
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