When the Newtown tragedy happened in Dec. 14, 2012, it affected everybody in different ways.
Farmington Sports Arena soccer player Kalissa Muniz of New Britain asked her parents what she could do to make a difference. Together with her FSA teammates they decided to sell wristbands every Saturday at the Arena.
The wristbands said Newtown on once side and the date 12-14-12 on the other side in green and great, the school colors of Sandy Hook Elementary School.
So each Saturday when the teams played the girls on the team sold the wristbands with the permission of Arena owners Sue and Sal DiTommaso.
At the end of the sale, Muniz and the girls had collected $2,500.
Monday night the FSA teams invited the Newtown Youth Soccer Club to come to FSA and practice with the team. after the practice, the teams got together for pizza and cake and Muniz presented the money to the representative from Newtown.
"It is a very special and compassionate group of girls on this team," FSA coach Jon Cohn said. "They have proven to be very compassionate when I lost my father and they were compassionate when wanting to do something for the youth of Newtown. They put the time in and worked at it and soccer has proven to again be a game that brings people together."
FSA has players from Avon, Berlin, Farmington, West Hartford, New Britain, Bristol, Wolcott, Canton, Hartford.
The Berlin players on the FSA team are: Rebecca Mayer, Hailey Nardelli, Amy Kuckel and Marta Mazurek.