Resident Roundup: Sports mentorship, rapping, singing, and fandom

Above: Residents “making news” recently include a longtime mentor of young athletes, a rapping fan, a National Anthem singer headed to Foxborough, and a Little Leaguer at Fenway.(photos cropped from images below, scroll to bottom for credits)

There’s often more news in a week than I have time to share. So, it’s time for another “roundup” of headlines and excerpts from local media and press releases.

These stories focus on residents. Interestingly, they all have some connection with sports fandom – mentoring, song, or just having fun.

Southborough Rotary honors Beane for commitment to community – Community Advocate:
The Rotary Club honored a long time mentor of young Southborough athletes for his commitment to serving the community. The Community Advocate covered the service behind the award.

Jeff Beane with a few of the young athletes he has mentored (image from Southborough Rotary Club Facebook page)
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Since 2001, [Jeff] Beane has served as a tennis, track and field, and cross country coach. In addition, he helped coordinate the P. Brent Trottier Middle School ski program, coached Southborough Youth soccer and basketball and has been coaching the Algonquin Regional High School track and field camp for the past 15 years.“I try to preach to kids not only how to be a better runner or be better at shot put or how to hit a baseball better, but also how to use that discipline in your life as a columnist, as a student, as a racecar driver, as an astronaut,” Beane said. “Whatever you’re doing, try to do the best you can. I believe very strongly in that, so given this platform, I try to encourage young people, support them, and tell them that.” (read more)

Southborough native is rapping his Celtics pride – Wicked Local:
A native who last made news for his pro-Patriots rap video is at it again for another local team.

Charlie Cooper (image posted to his Facebook page)
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Southborough native Charlie Cooper is at it again.

With the Boston Celtics up 2-0 over the Bucks, Cooper is hopeful that his second Celtics rap “Outta the East 2018,” will bring his favorite team that extra bit of luck they need to go all the way this year. . .

“Outta the East” features Cooper in his trademark green Celtics onesie, rapping about the Celtics, acknowledging the injuries the team has sustained and the Cavaliers run at the end of the regular season. (read more)

You can check out his video here.

17-Year Old Southborough Resident Selected by the New England Revolution to Sing the National Anthem at a 2018 Home Game – New England Revolution PR:
A Southborough teen will be singing the National Anthem in front of fans at a home game on September 22nd at Gillette Stadium. (It’s for a different “football” game than we usually associate with the Foxborough venue.)

Julia Howard at National Anthem Auditions (contributed)
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Julia Howard, 17, of Southborough, MA was selected as one of three winners chosen by the New England Revolution to perform the national anthem at a Revs home match during the 2018 season. She earned the opportunity by edging out the competition during the sixth annual New England Revolution National Anthem Auditions on April 3 at the Lansdowne Pub in Boston. (read more)

Southborough Resident Joins the Boston Red Sox for Little League Opening Day at Fenway Park – Red Sox PR:
Not exactly breaking news, but it sounds like one young Red Sox fan had a pretty cool day:

Max Tolander (Photo by Matthew Thomas/Boston Red Sox)
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Little Leaguer Max Tolander, 9, of Southborough, MA joined the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park for Little League Opening Day on Wednesday, April 18. Tolander joined Red Sox mascots Wally and Tessie, along with 900 other young athletes to catch in the Fenway Park outfield, enjoy games in the Kids Concourse, walk the warning track and take photos in the Red Sox and visitor dugouts. (read more)

Editor’s Note: Reminder, Southborough’s Little League Opening Day is this Sunday.

[photos from top to bottom: Jeff Beane with a few of the young athletes he has mentored (image from Southborough Rotary Club Facebook page), Julia Howard at National Anthem Auditions (contributed), Charlie Cooper (from Facebook), Max Tolander (Photo by Matthew Thomas/Boston Red Sox)]

Updated (4/25/18 2:31 pm): New England Revolution announced that Julia Howard’s performance will be at the September 22nd game.

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