Field Hockey scores off the field

By Benson Tai
Published: October 2010

The Newton South Field Hockey team participated in the 15th Annual Somerville Homeless Coalition 5K Race on October 2. The race raised money for the Somerville Homeless Coalition, a non-profit organization that works to prevent homelessness and help those affected by it in the Somerville area.
The team’s participation was proposed by Assistant Varsity Coach Jim Norton, who lives in Davis Square. “I thought it would be fun [to run] for a good cause and [to have] a team bonding experience, he said. “It was a way to make running fun.
Norton, along with Varsity Coach Kathleen Merucci and Junior Varsity Coach Jen Delloiacono, ran the race last year and thought it would be a good alternative to the team’s regular practices.
15 members of the team took part in the race, which was an optional but encouraged team event. “I’m happy with the turnout from our team, said Norton.
The Lions finished strong in the race, with sophomore Abby Coleman coming in first place in the 19 and under age group. Sophomore Jordi Battler finished right behind her, taking second place in the same division.
“I thought it was a good way to get all the girls together to do something outside of games and practice. It was more personal, and I felt like I was serving the community, senior Chloe Milliman said. Participants paid a $20 entrance fee, contributing to the over $34,000 that was raised by the event.
Other members of the Field Hockey team agreed with Milliman, saying they enjoyed the race. They were satisfied by accomplishing something that benefited the community.
Athletic Director Scott Perrin is enthusiastic about school teams coming together to do something outside of Newton South. “There are always a few [school teams that participate in these events], he said.
The team plans to run the race again next year and hopes that this is the beginning of a lasting tradition of helping the community.
“I think it was awesome that our team came together to do something good, Milliman said. “It would be even better if the entire team participated.

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