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"He's stepped up to coach Wellesley's fourth grade Junior Raider youth football squad this year, even though his son is not on the team," Pastore says. Rather, Davis, a fresh- man on the Junior Varsity squad at Wellesley High School, has also stepped up and volun- teers alongside his dad as assistant coach. "DA does so much good for everyone," Pastore says, using the team's nickname. Pastore says his son, Cole, is a third grader and playing football for the first time this sea- son. It was Atallah who helped get him suited up. "If I didn't become part of Night's Watch I would never have known DA. Instead, it was like having my brother fit my son for his first football helmet," he adds Pastore, like Atallah and many in Night's Watch, coaches youth sports in Wellesley. To look at Pastore today, you'd never guess he grew up wearing a body brace due to severe scoliosis. In his tough neighborhood outside of Boston back then, there was no such thing as bullying prevention or a coach's "code of con- duct." Pastore endured taunts from coaches looking to win at all costs, but he quickly dis- misses these negative role models. He talks instead about the positive influence a good coach can have on a child's life. "Coaches build character first and then everyone wins on and off the field. Our guys take the same approach," Pastore says. Night's Watch members Mike Batka, Eric Bordenstein, George Defina, Chris Flynn, 131 s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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