WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

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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We agreed to let him play, half hoping he wouldn't like the helmet. Or the bulky mouthpiece. Or the tackling part. Did I mention that we're both physicians? And that Sam's grand- mother, my mother, is a neurologist? Can you be a doctor, the daughter of a neurologist, a good parent, and still let your son play tackle football? Sam finished his first season. He was hooked. * * * Wellesley Youth Football (WYF) started in 2008, when a group of Wellesley parents recognized the need for a town team. Wellesley kids were playing on the Needham team then, and it was the Needham football coaches who not only suggested creating a Wellesley team but helped start it. Current WYF President Justin Maiona was among the group of parents who got the Wellesley program off the ground. WYF teams have seen success, winning six conference super bowls, and one national title. Maiona credits this to the volunteer coaches and parents. He calls the parents who have spent time organizing and sup- porting the program "the voice of common sense and practicality." One of these voices, Anne Marvan, helped start WYF in 2008 and worked in an administrative role for five years. Her two sons, now 12 and 16, have both played since early grade school. While both of her sons play other sports, Marvan notes, "I think football is different. It develops a bond between the kids that I haven't seen in other sports. They've also really learned teamwork and responsibility; they've become leaders from their experience in football." Dr. Ronda Rockett, a mother of two sons, now 14 and 16, expresses a similar sentiment. "The discipline aspect was tremendous. When Shane (now 16) was in 5th grade, his coach made a big deal about get- ting his homework done. So here was a kid who never worried about school, literally running home to get started on homework." Rockett also notes the discipline and motivation extended beyond academics. family matters "they've become leaders from their experience in football" 154 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 6

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