HISTORY OF BOPS
Nearly 30 years
ago, a group of boys started classes at various schools around south central
Pa. These were your average kids, into sports and games and fun. One group
in particular, three boys from Littlestown, became quite close knit and
after separating for a brief stint for college and military lives, they
reunited in Hanover, where their friendships rekindled.
In 2000, they found themselves reunited by an old farmhouse settled in the
valley. The days at the farm brought back memories of the past and they were
excited to be creating new ones. It was that great group that swore they
would never let life come between them again. They heard all the stories
about working, getting married, having kids, growing old, and never having
time for friends. This was something that they were determined to change.
These brothers – not by blood, but by friendship – formed their own club,
what they’ve come to call BOPS or the Brotherhood of Pumping Station, named
for the road they lived on. A joke at first, the name came to be used to the
point where it stuck and eventually became permanent.
Since the millennium, the group has grown from four founding fathers to a
total of 37 men, all friends, most now married, some with children, but all
still committed to the cause. On April 17, 2001 the guys created a structure
of rules, a logo, a Web site and joined a local bank. The brothers remain
involved in many activities around the Hanover area, from volleyball and
dart leagues to the annual Hanover Chili Cook-off. They do fundraisers to
support their sporting habits and to support the community at large.
Today, the BOPS name and logo can be seen all over the community on race
cars, in newspapers, at the YMCA and on the back of many members’ cars. The
group’s goal: to one day own a Social Club and Sports Complex called BOPS --
an official place for activities to be held and members and their families
to relax and enjoy the companionship of friends.