Amherst Holds Clinic for Honorary Teammate and Friends
The previous week marked Michael’s six-year anniversary of being cancer-free. Using that as inspiration, the team trekked to Michael’s school and ran a soccer clinic for some of his classmates, Cub Scout friends, and the general public.
During the event, the Amherst players instructed the youngsters on the fundamentals of soccer through drills, games and a full-field scrimmage. The last 15 minutes saw the kids going toe-to-toe with the Amherst students in a competitive game. Michael tended goal as an intimidating force while parents, coaches and local media watched and cheered on as the boys went back and forth in the action.
A post-game barbecue celebration followed the clinic. With Michael’s mother, Jan, on grill duties, everyone had a plate full of delicious food. The day ended in true form as Michael, wearing a Lord Jeff uniform over his tremendous heart and an ear-to-ear smile on his face, chanted, “One, two, three…Go Amherst!”
The day was very special for both Michael and the Amherst team. The players and coaching staff look forward to any chance they have to spend time with Michael. “He is a true inspiration to everyone surrounding him, but specifically to our team,” says Amherst head coach Justin Serpone. “He has been one of our biggest supporters and most important team members.”
Check out a gallery of images from the clinic, and read more from a local Fitchburg newspaper.