Glastonbury Hartwell soccer tournament accomplishes mission

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Mon., Apr. 29, 2013
John, 10, of the Glastonbury Strikers, smiles as he hands a flower to Kim Newhouse -- the wife of coach Mike Newhouse, who passed away in January -- at the opening ceremonies of the Hartwell Spring Warm-up Tourament on April 26. Photos by Steve Smith.
John, 10, of the Glastonbury Strikers, smiles as he hands a flower to Kim Newhouse -- the wife of coach Mike Newhouse, who passed away in January -- at the opening ceremonies of the Hartwell Spring Warm-up Tourament on April 26. Photos by Steve Smith.

Glastonbury soccer fields were covered with players from all over the region over the weekend of April 26-28 for Hartwell Soccer's 20th Annual Spring Warm-up Tournament. A total of 210 teams from other Connecticut towns and other states, including Long Island, New York, competed in age-based brackets.

The opening ceremony on April 26 included a tribute to coach Mike Newhouse, who passed away in January at age 41, after a battle with cancer. Players from teams on which Newhouse's children play (and which he helped coach) each handed his wife, Kim, a flower and offered a hug and a smile.

Hartwell President Mary Kay Brophy said that besides being a coach for eight years. Newhouse was the travel team director, and a member of the board of directors. He was also a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance.

“What was special about Mike was more than soccer,” she said. “It was his commitment to youth. His kids were the center of attention, but not just his kids – everybody's kids.”

Brophy said the tournament started 20 years ago, as a coach's idea to get the teams some early season play. The first tournament included just five teams.

“There have been a lot of volunteers that have helped it grow and become more successful,” Brophy said.

After the weekend was over, Brophy said she was satisfied that the entire weekend was a success. “The weather was certainly on our side,” she said. “It was well-enjoyed by everyone who attended. We got a lot of great feedback, so mission accomplished.”

Brophy said many teams, refs, sponsors and volunteers asked to be included in next year's tournament. Scores of teams from other parts of the state have staked a claim, as well.

“It's a great way to show off our community,” Brophy said, adding that Glastonbury teams did very well overall, earning several first and second place finishes.

For more information, visit www.glastonburysoccer.org.


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