Published on April 1st, 2017 | by Staples Soccer0
Wreckers To Etch Alumni In Stone
Drew Tursi was a longtime Staples soccer fan. He was a constant presence on The Hill, watching his brother Brad Tursi ’97 play on a state tournament finalist squad, then continued cheering on his brother’s younger friends like Kyle Martino ’99.
When Drew — a prominent chef — died last month in Charleston, South Carolina, Brad’s teammates gathered for the service. Joined in tragedy, they vowed to create a way to remember Drew, and the Staples soccer players who passed away before their time.
That 1996 team is raising money for a project called “Etched In Stone.” The names of former players — including Scott Coleman, Doug Donovan, Dennis Murphy, Jon Walker and others who died young — will be etched into the granite band surrounding the Block “S” on the terrace. Other names will be added in years to come. A dedication ceremony — with the ’96 team, and family members of the memorialized players — will be held this fall, before a Saturday match. Click here for a link to Staples soccer’s In Memoriam page.
Brad Tursi and his teammates have begun raising the $3,000 needed for this and future etchings. Contributions in honor of a former teammate or friend can be sent to “Staples Soccer,” c/o Dan Woog, Staples High School, 70 North Avenue, Westport, CT 06880.