Thursday, September 3 dawned clear and bright, ideal weather for the first day of school. It was also perfect weather for the inaugural student outdoor soccer game on the new artificial turf Connelly Field! Adaptive Phys Ed teacher Dan Cuddy, who originated the request for an accessible field for outdoor sports, organized students in multi-age teams to play in a school-wide soccer match.

The competition was fierce as the ball moved rapidly up and down the field. The new turf resembles grass, and the field looks as if it has always been there. Students in wheel chairs and walkers found it easy to use and participated in the games at full speed. Those students not playing cheered and clapped encouragement, or used the new swings on the newly refinished playground surface.

With these two major improvements to our facility, Cotting is now fully accessible, and students can access all outdoor sports. We are grateful for the many donors – families, staff, trustees, and friends – whose generosity has made this extraordinary facility available. To donate to this cause or other Cotting initiatives click here.

Staff organizing the students before playing the inaugural student outdoor soccer game on the new artificial turf Connelly Field!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student in a wheel chair in headphones smiling wide as he's about to go to the inaugural student outdoor soccer game on the new artificial turf Connelly Field! All dressed up for the first day of school, Ryan and teacher Ele Coffin prepare to enjoy his first outdoor Cotting soccer game. Center, Luci kicks as Will and Jacob head for the ball. Top right, Liana cheers from the sidelines. Below, Bobby grabs the ball and heads down field. Kate reaches to block his pass, and India moves in. Teacher Bill Phelan and Fellow Jeanine Dowd assist.

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