By ALEX SPONSELLER The Warwick Fire Fighters Soccer Club wrapped up a summer of fun and is getting ready for its fall recreational program which is set to begin in a few short weeks. It was a busy August for the club, as it sent multiple teams to
By ALEX SPONSELLER The Warwick Fire Fighters Soccer Club wrapped up a summer of fun and is getting ready for its fall recreational program which is set to begin in a few short weeks.
It was a busy August for the club, as it sent multiple teams to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass to compete in a tournament hosted by the New England Revolution. The 10-U girls went undefeated in the tournament, while the 12-U and 16-U squads each made the finals in their divisions.
“We kept telling them, you’re playing on the same field that Tom Brady played on for years. Not many people get to be on the turf at Gillette so from that aspect it’s exciting. Being able to be in the stadium, having that back drop in photos. Also, the kids get to play against clubs from other states and see how they do and they did pretty well,” said WFFSC president Doyle Byrd. “We try to take the kids to as many tournaments as we can. It was a very fun day. We got to watch a lot of exciting games. The parents get into it, the players get into it, it was a great day.”
The club also unveiled its annual scholarship recipients in conjunction with the Elanna Zuller and Gianna Cirella Memorial Funds. This year, WFFSC handed out seven scholarships to local players for $300.
This year’s recipients included: Paulo Frias Jr. (RIC), Cassie Cirella (Coastal Carolina), Josh Paiva (URI), Madison Lodge (Mississippi), Allen Teran (URI), Julianna Roa (Emmanuel), and Christopher Matarese (Roger Williams).
The scholarship winners were selected by the WFFSC board of directors based on performance on the field, in the classroom, and overall community involvement in both WFFSC and beyond.
Byrd and company were thrilled to once again help provide some financial support for local student-athletes.
“This is the most we’ve ever given out and it’s a special feeling to be giving them back to kids that have been with us for many, many years,” said Byrd. “Seeing these kids go to so many different universities, growing up in our program, going to that next, bigger phase of their life. It feels good to give back to them.”
The WFFSC fall recreational program is set to begin on Sept. 11 on the fields at Winslow Park. The club will also be hosting a family night on Sept. 8 at the same location, with Warwick Mayor Frank Picozzi scheduled to visit.