WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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if youth sports are all about teaching kids how to win and lose, then Wellesley Youth Football's rising sixth-graders still have a lot to learn. Forty games into their football careers, they can tell you all about winning. They've won at home, on the road, in the heat, in the cold, in close games, in blowouts, against other suburban Massachusetts teams, and against teams from Detroit and Florida. But losing? You'll have to ask somebody else. Many of the players have been together since they were in the second grade, under the tutelage of coach Jim Fadule, and they went 8-0 in each of their first three seasons. Their fifth-grade sea- son started like all the rest, with two hours of conditioning four times a week in the hot August evenings – followed, of course, by eight straight victories in the fall. But this time, the boys were old enough to participate in the playoffs, where they kept racking up the W's all the way to the American Youth Football national championships in Orlando, Florida. By the time they hoisted the trophy in December, they'd played 16 games (the length, Fadule notes, of a professional football season). 109 s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e B A C K G R O U N D A N D R I G H T : D A V I D L E E 108-114_WWMb14_football champions_v2_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/24/14 4:00 PM Page 109

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