Aug. 6—SALISBURY — A flag football fundraising tournament on Saturday aims to exhibit assistance for a beloved mentor not too long ago diagnosed with Phase 4 pancreatic cancer.
In its 15-calendar year background, the Seacoast Youth Flag Football League has never ever had everyone mentor more teams than Prosperous Capuci.
For extra than eight years, Capuci, a father of four from Salisbury, has coached a few or four groups just about every time.
His young children, whose groups he coaches, are Courtney, who is heading into fifth quality Lyla, who is heading into eighth grade and twins Richie and Sheayla, who are likely into their sophomore year at Whittier Regional Vocational Complex Higher University.
Following finding out he received a cancer analysis, a small team of Salisbury mothers and fathers pitched the strategy for a flag football recreation to reward Capuci and his family.
Jennifer Roketenetz, a past president of the Salisbury PTA and an organizer of the event, claimed of Capuci, “He is just a person of these fellas that puts himself out there. He is normally volunteering. Due to the fact he’s a mentor — and he is a wonderful coach — he is touched so many family members and so numerous youngsters.”
The concept for the event was to not only elevate cash for expenditures related with his wellness, but to provide Capuci with an chance to be surrounded by all those who adore and care for him.
Even though grown ups can donate income, young children really don’t automatically have the usually means to do the similar. Owning an function like this offers youngsters the option to clearly show they care in other means.
“This was a way that we could give them an opportunity to display up and do anything for their mentor,” Roketenetz explained.
Registration is previously complete for the match with 20 groups and much more than 200 players from 3 age brackets — ages 8 and underneath, ages 12 and under, and ages 15 and less than — signed up.
The event will kick off at 8:30 a.m. at Partridge Brook Park driving Salisbury Elementary University, 100 Lafayette Highway, and end about 3:30 or 4 p.m. All are welcome to show up and cheer on the groups. Capuci will coach one of the teams at 11:30 a.m.
There will be a desk with refreshments this sort of as h2o, Gatorade, candy and chips. There will also be rubber bracelets that men and women can don to present their assist for Capuci.
Jennifer Pearson of My JPL Pictures donated a picture session to the team to be raffled as part of the fundraiser. A Salisbury teacher will make cotton sweet for the event.
Those who show up at are encouraged to make donations of either cash or gift cards.
Roketenetz explained the goal of gift card donations is to give the household something they can delight in — likely to a restaurant or a local business enterprise — throughout this tough time.
“We definitely just want to fill that area with our local community, so when he exhibits up, it truly is just relatives, good friends and most people there rooting him on,” she said.
A GoFundMe for the household has also been set up at https://gofund.me/3049186f.