Ponaganset Boys Soccer team raises $1,100 for Gloria Gemma

Senior members of the Ponaganset High School Soccer Team, from left to right are Spencer DiGiulio, Ben Hartley, Harrison Tesseris, Addison Carty, Nick Hartley, Ryan Shields. Alessio Herrera and Nolan Allen, with Maria Gemma from the Gloria Gemma Foundation.

GLOCESTER – The Ponaganset High School Boys Soccer Team raised more than $1,000 for the Gloria Gemma Foundation with a Pink Out night held last month.

The team, which has a large group of graduating senior players this year, wore pink shirts to school one day in October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“We’re doing our part to bring attention to that. We wanted to do something community-driven, ” said Darlene Rebello-Shields, the mother of one of three co-captains. “Because of Covid, the past few years we haven’t had a chance to do much of anything.”

Through sales from concessions and other items, the team raised $1,100 for the foundation.

Rebello-Shields noted it’s a charity that hits close to home for the tight-knit soccer family.

“This is a cause close to our team’s hearts,” she said.

The Glocester Lions Club donated cost of the pink t-shirts for the entire team and coaches.

“They have been a huge support,” Rebello-Shields said, noting that the team made a banner listing other key sponsors, including DePetrillo’s Bakery.

Her son, Captain Ryan Shields, presented a check directly to Maria Gemma of the Gloria Gemma Foundation when she attended Senior Night.

The soccer mom noted that while their record may not always reflect it, it’s been a great season for the young athletes.

“They’ve been playing fantastic,” said Rebello-Shields. “The team’s a real unit. They have a lot of camaraderie. It’s been great to watch.”

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