The Southington Citizen — Friday, October 5, 2012
SHS team gets behind Wounded Warrior Project By Nick Carroll The Southington Citizen
In the midst of a stressful, grueling season, it’s easy for players and coaches to lose sight of the fact that, in the big picture, what they’re doing is not all that important. The Southington High School boys soccer team gets that. The Blue Knights are asking spectators who come out to their game against visiting Bristol Central this afternoon, Friday, Oct. 5, to make a $5 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization which provides programs and services to severely injured service members. A ceremony will be held prior to the game, at 3 p.m. The action on the field begins at 3:45 p.m. The Blue Knights have dubbed the day’s festivities “Headers for Heroes.” When approached with the idea of playing a game for charity, SHS players jumped
at the chance, and chose to throw their support behind the Wounded Warrior Project. Tim Connolly, president of Southington’s Friends of Soccer, said the military angle makes sense for the Blue Knights. “There are numerous connections within the team, from players with relatives who have served, to some with interest in pursuing ROTC in college,” Connolly stated. “Several of the boys have also read many of the books written about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from the past 10 years.”
Also, Connolly pointed out that three team members, including his two sons, visited Arlington National Cemetery this past summer — “and that left a lasting impression on all three of them.” Connolly believes it’s important for everyone, young people in particular, to realize the enormous sacrifice military personnel make, while asking little in return. “Something like Headers for Heroes is the very least we can do,” he said. “The soldiers that WWP serves are often just a few years removed from their own soccer teams and high school lives. And as a parent of three, I can’t help but think of the parents of the many wounded warriors, and how our society should be doing so much more for them and their children. I think that WWP’s motto says it all, ‘The greatest casualty is being forgotten.’” SHS players, seniors Eddie Kline and Andrew Goralski,
and junior Dan Connolly have done much to drum up support for Headers for Heroes and get people out to the field today. The Blue Knights are ac-
cepting donations online as well. To help the cause, visit https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/individual-fundraising/shsboyssoccer.
Spare change adds up
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DePaolo Middle School seventh-grader Rylee Malone recently organized a fundraiser for the Hawkwing Association. She raised more than $300 by collecting loose change during lunch waves at school. The money will be donated to the Cheyenne River Lakota/Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota, the poorest place in America according to the U.S. Census in 2000 and 2010, to provide food.
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10-05-2012 The Southington Citizen