Journal News - Football Fundraiser to Continue Ramapo Grad's Mission

Written by Chris Iseman

Babak Najafi’s tragic death in 2005 left a hole in the hearts of those around him as big as his 6-foot, 250-pound frame. Those people continue to honor him through two things he loved the most: football and school.

A graduate of Ramapo High School, Najafi – known to friends as Bob – was 18 when he died of a heart attack four months into his freshman year at Syracuse University. Najafi’s girlfriend, Lauren Lopez, and several friends created the Babak Najafi Memorial Scholarship, awarded annually to a Ramapo senior student-athlete. The seventh annual Babak Najafi flag football games will be held …