The Boys Soccer Team at Bishop Fenwick High School have, like many other school sports teams, endured a season like no other, so it was only fitting that they ended their season “like no other”.
Team Captains Liam Foley, TJ Genzale, Aidan Dwyer, and Andrew Perry had a challenge this year on and off the field. COVID rules proved difficult for team activities such as limited fan attendance for games, and for the team to participate in their service projects benefitting the community.
Team Coach Tony Enos wanted to have an end of year celebration to present accolades and awards since their team banquet was postponed until Spring (hopefully). The Captains determined that they wanted to, for their service project, do something for Veterans.
TJ Genzale said he was glad they could do something for Veterans because they deserve so much.
Lisa Foley (Liam’s mom) reached out to a contact who was connected to veteran’s organizations and they recommended Veterans Northeast Outreach Center (www.vneoc.org).
Lisa spoke with John Ford, Director of Outreach & Development, and created a list of items that the Veterans would benefit from – hats, gloves, scarves, chapstick, hand and foot warmers, personal care items, etc.
The captains sent out an email challenging all player families to bring something from the list. The email said that, “We are a generous group,” and challenged the team to show “just how generous”.
So, at their season ending celebration, the team members and their families showed up with donations in hand. Captains Andrew Perry and Aiden Dwyer were talking about how happy they were with all of the donations as, “so many were suffering right now and in need.” “This will be so great,” said Perry. “So glad this was a success,” said Dwyer.
Liam Foley assisted with organizing all of the donations after the event. “I know my team is a bunch of great guys, but all this stuff is kind of overwhelming. It’s so great to know that they all agree how important this is, said Liam.”
“What a great group of young men, foregoing their event to provide for others in need. We thank the team and their families for their generosity,” said Ford. Veterans Northeast Outreach Center will distribute the donated items to a wide range of veterans who will benefit from the team’s efforts!