To The Editor:
I would like to thank all of the people who helped make Saturday’s “GameDay at Newtown” event to help benefit the Jessica Rekos Memorial Fund possible.
First, a thank you to my co-workers Rece Davis, Digger Phelps and Jay Bilas for donating their time during the busiest part of the college basketball season.
Next, thanks to the wonderful educators and volunteers for donating their time to help the program go off without a hitch. I would like to specifically thank Parks and Recreation Director Amy Mangold and Newtown High Athletic Director Gregg Simon for helping to make the event a reality. My hometown is blessed to have both of these individuals in position to help our kids.
Another thank you goes out to everybody else who attended the event. The players, the cheerleaders and dance team helped us put on an entertaining game and gave the GameDay crew a glimpse of what basketball in Newtown is all about.
Finally, and most importantly, a very special thank you goes to my cherished friends from growing up in Newtown – Rich and Krista Rekos. It was their blessing that allowed us to have this event.
Twenty years ago – throughout our days of little league, the ice cream shop and spending inordinate amounts of time together on the weekends – I never would have dreamed that I was looking at the perfect couple. But when these great friends fell in love and got married, it made all the sense in the world.
And it made even more sense that when they would start their family, they would do it in Newtown. Our beloved hometown brought them together and they decided that it would be here that they’d live together. It is only appropriate that Newtown has come together for them in their time of need, just as it has for 25 other families.
The Newtown High School Class of 1995 is now spread out all over the country. But we are all proud that the town most of us have left behind has rallied around those of us who stayed. Newtown brought Rich and Krista together, and I love my hometown for that fact. They are our perfect couple. Thank you, Newtown, for showing the Rekos family and 25 other families the type of love and support we all learned while growing up there a generation ago. We are, and always will be, Newtown Strong.
1 Hampton Place, Avon April 3, 2013