Club members, below is a notice about the upcoming SMARD Awareness Day on February 10th. Hunter's younger brother, Cole, is one of our young soccer players and we are proud to support their family and have them as part of our club family!
From The Desk of State Rep. Dave Yaccarino: SMARD Awareness Day
Last year, State Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano and I submitted a proposal to recognize and bring awareness to the patient suffering associated with a diagnosis of spinal muscular atrophy with respiratory distress, or SMARD. Like most people, I had never heard of SMARD until I met a very brave North Haven boy named Hunter Pageau and his dedicated mother Sharon Agli-Pageau, who together have worked to educate and raise awareness of this serious condition.
Because of Hunter’s inspirational efforts, legislation passed both the House and Senate last year that would designate every 10th of February as SMARD Awareness Day. This legislation was a critical first step towards beginning to spread awareness for SMARD. However, our job is not done yet. We must now continue to raise awareness for SMARD, and begin working to increase research efforts for a cure. By increasing awareness, Connecticut is increasing our support of families and individuals impacted by rare diseases like SMARD.
I am proud to have met Hunter Pageau and his family, and call them friends; their efforts to educate and raise awareness will surely leave a lasting impact on the efforts to find effective treatments for this serious condition.
As we approach SMARD awareness day this February 10th, let’s find it in our hearts to embrace hope and work to increase support for all families and individuals affected by this disease, as well as for those who could be impacted in the future. As Hunter would say, we must “have hope, love and never, ever give up!”
With the expansion of our U9/10 in town leagues to be gender specific this season, we have some open sponsorship opportunities available! For $250 your company name will be printed on the front of a U10 team uniform, your company logo will be displayed on our main website page and on the specific team page, the logo will be directly linked to your website, and you will be given a framed 8x10 team photo to display at your place of business!
If interested and you prefer to pay by check, please download and complete the U10 Sponsor application which can be found under the "Documents" tab. If you want to pay using a credit card, go to the "Forms" tab and click on the "Sponsor Application" button at the top of the page to sign up and pay online.
Registration for all our Spring 2016 soccer programs is now open. Click the orange "register now" button in the upper right corner to select the age appropriate program for your child.
Have questions about the programs? Review the "Program Overview" tab to read about each program. Also read the "Registration Q&A" tab for other common questions. Still have questions? As you go through the registration program, you will see a contact person for each program that you can email to ask any additional questions.
Below are links to the Tackling College Sports Podcasts which you and your child may find useful and interesting as they begin to consider playing sports at the college level. The co-hosts for these podcasts are Mark Franco (parent, coach and former boys director for the NHSC) and Chris LeGates (son of Ray Legates - the man who started the NHSC back in 1971!) Each link contains the same podcasts, they are just different streaming sites depending on whether you are on a computer, phone, ipod, etc.