December 1, 2022


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Flag football tourney to aid mentor with cancer | Area News

SALISBURY — A flag soccer fundraising event on Saturday aims to exhibit support for a beloved mentor not long ago diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. 

In its 15-12 months record, the Seacoast Youth Flag Soccer League has hardly ever had any individual mentor a lot more groups than Rich Capuci.

For much more than 8 several years, Capuci, a father of 4 from Salisbury, has coached three or four teams each period. 

His small children, whose groups he coaches, are Courtney, who is heading into fifth grade Lyla, who is heading into eighth quality and twins Richie and Sheayla, who are going into their sophomore year at Whittier Regional Vocational Technical Significant University.

Right after understanding he received a most cancers prognosis, a tiny group of Salisbury dad and mom pitched the idea for a flag soccer activity to benefit Capuci and his spouse and children. 

Jennifer Roketenetz, a past president of the Salisbury PTA and an organizer of the tournament, claimed of Capuci, “He’s just a person of those men that puts himself out there. He’s constantly volunteering. For the reason that he’s a coach — and he’s a terrific coach — he’s touched so quite a few people and so numerous kids.”

The thought for the match was to not only raise income for expenses linked with his health, but to provide Capuci with an prospect to be surrounded by these who really like and treatment for him. 

Although grown ups can donate money, young children never automatically have the means to do the similar. Possessing an event like this gives small children the option to display they treatment in other techniques. 

“This was a way that we could give them an possibility to display up and do a little something for their coach,” Roketenetz stated. 

Registration is by now comprehensive for the event with 20 teams and extra than 200 players from a few age brackets — ages 8 and below, ages 12 and less than, and ages 15 and under — signed up. 

The party will kick off at 8:30 a.m. at Partridge Brook Park powering Salisbury Elementary College, 100 Lafayette Highway, and finish about 3:30 or 4 p.m. All are welcome to present up and cheer on the teams. Capuci will coach one of the groups at 11:30 a.m.

There will be a table with refreshments such as h2o, Gatorade, candy and chips. There will also be rubber bracelets that men and women can put on to demonstrate their guidance for Capuci. 

Jennifer Pearson of My JPL Pictures donated a photo session to the team to be raffled as section of the fundraiser. A Salisbury teacher will make cotton sweet for the occasion. 

These who attend are inspired to make donations of possibly cash or present playing cards. 

Roketenetz explained the target of reward card donations is to give the loved ones one thing they can take pleasure in — heading to a restaurant or a regional small business — during this difficult time. 

“We seriously just want to fill that area with our neighborhood, so when he shows up, it is just relatives, mates and most people there rooting him on,” she stated.

A GoFundMe for the household has also been established up at