During the trophy presentation ceremony, the public-address announcer at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium intoned: “Congratulations to Matt Millheiser and his Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats. They are the Class IV Long Island champions for 2015.” READ
As a general rule, people who have died do not hold conversations very well. READ
Two upcoming events — a Patriot Run and a golf tournament — are scheduled over the next two months in memory of Tom Cutinella. READ
One year after a season full of tragedy and triumph, the Shoreham-Wading River High School varsity football team will not defend its Suffolk County championship at home.
The Shoreham-Wading River football field will now be named after Thomas Cutinella. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister, file)
Thomas Cutinella, the Shoreham-Wading River student and varsity athlete who died after a football-related injury last fall, has left his mark on the Shoreham-Wading River school district.
Now his name is part of the high school itself.
In a unanimous vote by the SWR school board at its meeting Tuesday night, the high school athletics field was renamed the “Thomas Cutinella Memorial Field.” (more…)
Kelli Cutinella (left), the mother of Shoreham-Wading River student Tom Cutinella, who died last year playing football, hugs Wildcat Athletics Club board member Regina McGee at a school board meeting Tuesady night. The booster club had just presented Ms. Cutinella with a $106,000 check to help start a foundation and scholarships in Tom’s memory. (Credit: Paul Squire)
It’s one thing to say that the memory of a life lost too soon won’t soon be forgotten.
It’s quite another thing to raise over $100,000 in donations to keep that memory alive.
Thanks to the kindness and generosity of the Shoreham-Wading River community, and so many others, the memory of Tom Cutinella will live on for years to come, his mother, Kelli, said. (more…)
‘I hope with everyone’s help we can honor Tom [Cutinella’s] memory in a respectful way,’ said Ryan Ledda, who is proposing a memorial for Tom as his Eagle Scout project. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)
Shoreham-Wading River freshman Ryan Ledda didn’t know SWR football player Tom Cutinella personally. But when Tom, 16, suffered an injury on the football field that led to his death last fall, Ryan was greatly affected by the tragedy. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River athletic director Mark Passamonte addressed the school board Tuesday night. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)
Shoreham-Wading River school board members are in agreement with athletic director Mark Passamonte’s recommendation to ban student athletes from using their own safety equipment like helmets and shoulder pads.