After a tough FCIAC championship run, and 2 days before the start of the state tournament, the Staples boys soccer team could be forgiven for spending today far from a field.
But early this morning, 6 Wreckers showed up at Coleytown Middle School, for the Westport Soccer Association 1st grade league.
Greg Gudis organized the event. The high-scoring midfielder enlisted fellow seniors Frankie Bergonzi, Sean Gallagher, Court Lake and Mikey Scott, plus sophomore Lorenz Esposito.
Together, they watched all 8 games. They talked to the players (and parents). They handed out souvenir mini-balls. They signed autographs and jerseys. They even sprinted in pre-game warmups with their young fans.
“It was awesome to have the boys there,” one mother said. “They were celebrities. Parents and kids lined up to meet them, have pictures taken with them, or just to meet and greet. They were wonderful.
“I don’t know if they realize what a huge impact they had on this young, impressionable group of boys. My son is in complete awe of all of them.”
A father added: “These small things go a long way for the little guys, their parents, and Westport soccer.”
The Wreckers returned the compliment.
“We had as much fun as they did,” Gudis said. “I love the kids. It was a pleasure.”