Volunteers make Verona tick. They help our schools, sports, scouting, music, after-school activities and religious communities to be as good as they are. Time and time again, we see our friends and neighbors spend hours of what could be their down time sharing their passion with Verona’s next generation.
Sometimes these volunteers are put in the spotlight. The Verona High School Alumni Association just recognized Mike Passero at its Hall of Fame dinner for the decades he has spent with the Verona Eagles organization. But, all too often, they are not.
So we’re giving you a way to thank the volunteers who run your favorite activities, with a digital thank you note posted here for all the world to see. And we’re kicking it off with a round of applause for the Verona Junior Wrestling coaches.
Bill Scully, Sean Camp, Chris Esposito, Russ Zamloot, Joe Pecci, John Gabriele, Rob Shabazian, George Anderson, Sam Zamloot, Bill O’Brien, Nick Hildebrandt, Joe Fitzgerald and Dante Mercurio are on the mats at the F.B. Brown school gym two nights a week, Saturday mornings and at many, many meets, teaching squirmy first graders through middle schoolers that real wrestling has nothing to do with the spandex stuff on TV. They coax and cajole the kids, channeling their crazy energy into a difficult and exacting sport. They give them skills that the kids take on to VHS wrestling and beyond.
Our thanks to all of you, and your many behind-the-scenes helpers.
Do you want to thank someone in our community for help or a job well done? Drop us an e-mail.