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Wilton Student Organizes Tourney for Disabled Kids

WILTON, Conn. – Elliot Connors loves to play sports. And he wants as many kids as possible to be able to share in his love of sports.

That is why Connors organized a soccer tournament at Middlebrook Middle School to raise money for the Adaptive Sports Center, which helps people with disabilities participate in outdoor sports. The five-day tournament raised more than $400 last year and he hopes to collect at least $500 this time.

Oh, and Elliot is only in the eighth grade.

“Sports have played a big part in my life – soccer, running and baseball – and if other kids couldn't participate in that, it’s just such a shame,” Connors said. “The [Adaptive Sports] Center is working so hard to make that possible for kids and I really felt it was such a worthy cause that I think we can make a difference at Middlebrook.”

More than 60 kids have signed up for the second annual tournament. The tournament will be every day this week at the Middlebrook gym from 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Connors, a student at Middlebrook and an active member of its student government, loves soccer and plays for the eighth-grade Wilton “A” travel team. When he heard Wilton residents participated in events organized by the Adaptive Sports Center , a Colorado-based organization, he sprung into action.

“I just think it’s great that kids with disabilities, despite their disabilities, get to participate in really fun recreational activities that we all enjoy in Wilton and take for granted,” he said.

Connors said he will continue working for this cause when he goes to Wilton High School next year. Elliot’s father, Tom, said he is amazed by his son’s dedication to the cause he has taken up.

“He’s a hard-working kid. He’s been doing it himself with the help of the kids at school. I’m proud of him,” Tom Connors said. “When I was a kid, I didn't have the organizational skills he and his friends have to pull this off. It’s amazing.”

Connors also plays the trumpet and piano and is a member of Boy Scout Troop 125. His favorite subject in school is math because, he said, “it’s definite and there’s one answer.”

Anyone who wishes to make a donation to Elliot's tournament may do so in person at the tournament at Middlebrook Middle School.

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