2013 Year In Review. January Story of the Month. Tim Considine Smiles Down on the Connie Donahue.....Green shirts smile right back...
It was a sea of green at the Connie Donahue Gymnasium on Friday night as the Red Raiders and Naugatuck Greyhounds helped raise over $6000.00 to benefit the ALS Foundation in memory of Tim Considine. Torrington outlasted Naugatuck 67-63 in overtime.
TORRINGTON: The home team winning was the icing on the already delicious cake that was sent upward to heaven for one of Torrington’s favorite sons who left us far too early.
On Friday night in the Connie Donahue Gymnasium, two school and two communities merged to pay it forward in memory one of their own, Tim Considine.
Considine passed away in October from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis after battling it for most of 2012.
Going into the night, it was known that while there would be a winner on the court between the Torrington Red Raiders and Naugatuck Greyhounds boys’ basketball teams, but more importantly each person in attendance would get a personal win as well.
The Raiders didn’t disappoint as they pulled out a hard fought 67-63 overtime win over the Greyhounds for their first home win of the year and improved to 2-5 on the year.
The idea was floated by Tim Considine’s wife Cheryl, his niece Christine Gamari and her husband Eric to the ALS Connecticut Association and it was decided the two schools would compete to see who could raise the most money at the gate.
Two buckets were set up at the door and as fans entered, they could decide which school they wanted credited with the donation.
You see, Christine Gamari, a former stellar THS athlete in basketball, volleyball and track is now a teacher at Naugatuck High School.
Eric Gamari is the boy’s basketball head coach at Torrington. Too heated rivals coming together for a great cause.
Tim Considine had that type of effect on people when he was with them on earth and continues to inspire from above.
His battle was a heroic one every step of the way in every meaning of the word.
Tim Considine made others around him feel better each and every day when he was healthy and when he became ill.
Family, Faith and Friends became the battle cry for the family and it was on display again on Friday night.
Green was the color of the night and both teams, coaches and a multitude of the Irish color was brightly shown throughout the Connie Donahue.
The ALS Association Connecticut Chapter sent a representative, Jackie Denicola to help co-ordinate the event and accepted the donation on behalf of an organization that helps families during their time of need.
Denicola was impressed with what she saw at THS.
“This turnout at a high school is tremendous.” Denicola said. “To see so many young people involved in this night is terrific.”
Lou Gehrig’s disease, as this ailment is known, is a tough, unrelenting beast that presents a variety of challenges for all involved.
“It’s so hard to deal with everything that happens when someone is stricken with ALS.” Denicola said. “We try and help in any way we can. From transportation to walkers to wheelchairs, we supply it all for free.”
The Considine Family is one tough, determined and close knit group and it even shows in their fundraising efforts.
The ALS CT Association holds fund raising events that include numerous “Walk to Defeat ALS” and Team Considine is currently in the lead with well over $8500.00 raised according to Denicola.
So, to review.
Successful fundraiser for ALS? Check.
Tons of green in the stands? Check.
A home team win? Check.
Another great job by the people who knew and loved Tim Considine, as well as a new generation of students learning how to pay it forward.
NOTES: During her introductions, Christine Gamari mentioned that her uncle never spent any time in the paint when he played and never met a shot he didn’t like.
Can’t you just see Donahue, arm around Considine, coaching up his latest recruit beyond the pearly gates?
-After losing two heartbreakers in their first two home games, the Raiders built a six point lead in the overtime before hanging on to take a close game home for the win.
Also great to see a near capacity crowd in the gym as well.