Tracy Participates in 'Soccer Night in Newtown'
Jan. 8, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Former Demon Deacon and Newtown, Conn., native Marcus Tracy, along with several other soccer stars, put on "Soccer Night in Newtown" on Monday at the Newtown Youth Academy.
The current and former professional athletes were able to play soccer with the children as well as sign autographs.
"It was very impressive. I think everybody has been happy with the turnout. It's unfortunate the circumstances that allowed for this to come together, but to see the response from the community and the MLS putting this together has been great," said Tracy. "I know from the feedback I've gotten and seeing the kids running around that it's been a positive experience."
Below are more comprehensive stories on "Soccer Night in Newtown."
MLS community helps healing as 1,500 turn up for "Soccer Night in Newtown"
By Nick Firchau, MLSsoccer.com
NEWTOWN, Conn. - There is absolutely nothing to distinguish the Newtown Youth Academy from another building anywhere else in the United States, other than 26 black ribbons strung dutifully over the front entrance.
It's a tribute to the victims lost less than three miles from here last month in the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and a reminder that the community has only begun the healing process from a school shooting that shook roughly 28,000 residents and captivated a country.
But on Monday night, there was at least a few hours' worth of respite at the NYA, a stately, 1930s-era former hospital building quietly tucked back from a main street on the Fairfield Hills Campus in Newtown. What was a quiet, almost serene snow-covered sunny afternoon on the campus became a steady stream of cars and a then a growing surge of children and parents, all pouring through the front entrance and into a cavernous indoor soccer facility.
Nearly 1,500 Newtown residents showed up for "Soccer Night in Newtown," an event that featured the likes of soccer greats Landon Donovan, Dwayne De Rosario, Alexi Lalas and Mia Hamm, all thrown together both hastily and somehow seamlessly in less than a month with one key goal in mind.
Offer the kids a few hours to forget Sandy Hook, and give them a night to remember.
Soccer Stars Visit Conn. Town Where Kids Were Shot
By Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press
NEWTOWN, Conn. - The deadly shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School was personal for pro soccer star Marcus Tracy. He grew up in Newtown, and his mother once taught at the school.
The San Jose Earthquakes striker joined about 40 other current and former soccer players, including Landon Donovan, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Christie Rampone and Alexi Lalas, on Monday afternoon at the Newtown Youth Academy, playing soccer and signing autographs for children.
About 1,000 children attended the event, which was arranged by Houston Dynamo general manager and Connecticut native Chris Canetti.
Newtown, a community of about 27,000 people 60 miles northeast of New York City, has always been a soccer town, Tracy said.
"It was important to get the young kids out here and show them a good time again and sort of restore that sense of normalcy and see them smile and run around and laugh," he said.