Lyons, NY - The Foundation for my Life

    I am honored to be selected to the Lyons Central School Athletic Hall of Fame. However, there are many of my friends more deserving of the award than I am.

    I am at the stage in my life where I am more concerned about saying thank you to those who helped me along the way than receiving awards. The first 18 years of my life were spent in Lyons, NY. When building a house, the home is only as good as its foundation. Lyons was the foundation for my life.

    I was raised by a single, no nonsense, caring Italian mother. Growing up I spent most of my time playing baseball, basketball and football with my friends.  We competed, fought and bonded. My best friend David Fratangelo meant a lot to me, always there, through the good, bad and ugly.

    In junior high my basketball passes hit the fans more than my teammates. I remember sitting in the locker room ready to quit, but Coach Blackwell wouldn’t allow it. Coach served as my mentor although he probably didn’t realize it, again a no nonsense caring person.

    Growth and maturity for me came from my friends, teachers, coaches, church and the people in the community. What a fun and memorable town. I keep up to date on the happenings in Lyons as I call my Uncle Nick Muto on a weekly basis. There is no sense in talking to him when Syracuse loses.

    I hope this gives some insights to my thank you for being selected to the Lyons Central Athletic Hall of Fame. It’s not what I achieved in life that is important to me but “why”. 

    Thank you, Lyons.