Tonawanda News — Sandi Geraci is the director at the club and said that the partnership between the football team and the club equals fun for everyone involved. The program is a part of a club initiative to move more into the community and get its members more involved.
”These kids are from the community and we want to expand as much as we can, and this is a great way to do it because obviously everyone loves football,” she said. “It’s a great way to get the kids into the club and even stay a little later. The coach has been doing a great job with the players.”
Geraci said there is probably a handful of future Tonawanda Warriors currently at the club who can’t get enough of practice time with the team.
The volunteer work is a part of the players’ busy off-season schedule. Including classes and homework, the players also juggle spring sports, lifting for football, training at Ralph Wilson Field House and part-time jobs. Gross said it’s a credit to the character of the players that they give of their time on top of their other responsibilities.
Gross said his time at the club growing up is something he still cherishes to this day. He credits the people that gave of their time before him.
”When I was young, Bob O’Brocta and Mike Basehart — who ran the show here — they were great individuals and great examples for me,” Gross said. “They really provided some great experiences for my friends and I, and I saw an opportunity to give back to them. I want to help out the club any way possible because they were such a big part of my life.”Contact sports editor Matt Parrino at 693-1000 ext. 4117 and find Tonawanda News sports on Twitter @tonanewssports.