Patriots wide receiver coach Chad O’Shea throws out first pitch with retired Foxborough Police Chief Ed O’Leary to celebrate the start of the 2017 FYBSA season.
On Saturday, April 22, the Foxborough Youth Baseball & Softball Association (FYBSA) celebrated opening day for the 2017 season and recognized two town residents as its guests of honor as part of the festivities.
Chad O’Shea, wide receiver coach for the New England Patriots, and Ed O’Leary, retired Foxborough Police Chief, were each honored by the FYBSA and invited to participate in the parade and throw out ceremonial first pitches. O’Shea, who has served on Bill Belichick’s Patriots coaching staff since 2009, won his second Super Bowl championship with the Patriots in three seasons this past February and O’Leary, who served in the Foxborough Police Department for 39 years, retired this past fall.
“It was a great honor tothrow out the first pitch and a nice way to recognize the accomplishments of our team in Super Bowl LI,” O’Shea said. “It was also really neat to share this moment with Chief O’Leary because he’s someone I have always had a lot of respect for and know what he’s done for the community over the years.”
A veteran coach of 14 NFL seasons, O’Shea has regularly traded the sidelines for the dugout over the past few years to coach his children in the FYBSA.
“My children have been involved in the Foxborough sports programs for several years now and I’ve always thought very highly of the program,” O’Shea said.
“It’s a pretty unique situation this year because [Patriots defensive line coach] Brendan Daly’s son is on the team, so we are coaching this group together,” O’Shea said. “We’re so excited to get started and get outside. It’s going to be a lot of fun and we’re teaching them the fundamentals of baseball.”
Prior to throwing out the first pitch, O’Shea shared with the assembled crowd of baseball and softball players the importance of being coachable and being great listeners and how those traits can lead to success.
“Whether it’s Tom Brady or Julian Edelman, every coachable player looks their coaches in the eyes and listens to them when they’re talking,” O’Shea said. “These baseball and softball coaches out here today are great and they’re here because they love the game and they want to be around you. So my challenge to you all this spring is to be the most coachable bunch of kids you can be.”
O’Shea also stressed that it’s not always going to be a great day on the field and it’s important to remain supportive of your teammates and never give up, no matter how daunting the task may be – like being down 25 points in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LI.
“Think of it like this,” O’Shea instructed the crowd. “I’m not standing here today to throw out the first pitch if those players that I coached in the Super Bowl gave up when we were down 25 points in the fourth quarter. They didn’t give up and it wasn’t great along the way in the game. I can promise you you’re not going to always have the best day, but as long as you keep committed and don’t give up, you’re going to have a lot of fun out here.”
Alexandra Nelson, a senior at Foxborough High School, has been selected as the recipient of the “MIAA Student-Athlete of the Month Award” for March 2017.
Alexandra participates on the swim team at Foxborough High School and serves as the team captain. She qualified for the MIAA Sectional Tournament in the 100 Butterfly event this past season. In previous seasons, she was a three time MIAA Sectional qualifier and two-time MIAA State Championship qualifier. “Alexandra thrives to not only achieve her personal goals, but also pushes her fellow teammates in accomplishing their individual and team goals,” said Foxborough High School swim coach, Naomi Boucher. “She set an example to her fellow team members where the younger swimmers look up to her or seek advice in specific techniques in specific strokes.” The Foxborough Swim Team regularly receives positive feedback from the officials at every meet regarding how well the team represents their school.
Academically, Alexandra is the top ranked student in the senior class, earning a 4.85 Grade Point Average. She is the Vice President of the National Honor Society and Treasurer of the Spanish National Honor Society and Math Team. She recently earned a perfect score on the Advanced Placement Spanish exam and has received various academic awards throughout her high school career.
In the community, Alexandra is a lifeguard/aquatics instructor and child-watch staff member at the local YMCA. She also volunteers at Hay Harmony where she works with children with disabilities. Furthermore, Alexandra volunteers with Foxborough High School clubs where members meet regularly and interact with peers in the Integration Program. “Alexandra is such an extraordinary young lady,” said Coach Boucher. “She always goes above and beyond to assist others before herself.”
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Student-Athlete of the Month Award is presented on a monthly basis to one male and one female student-athlete who display excellence in the areas of academics, athletics and community service. Students in grades 9-12 who attend MIAA member schools are eligible to receive the award. Monthly award winners receive a certificate of recognition and are featured on MIAA.net. Nominations for the award may be submitted by principals, athletic directors, teachers, coaches, guidance counselors or other school administrators. A complete list of “MIAA Student-Athlete of the Month Award” recipients and finalists can be found under the “Educational Athletics” and “Leadership” sections at www.miaa.net.
The Norfolk County Mosquito Control District will be conducting aerial larval control helicopter applications for 2 to 4 days; tentatively beginning on Monday, April 24 through Friday, April 28, 2017 (weather permitting). These applications are not ‘sprays’, but instead are granular applications of a biological larvicide applied to wetlands only.
The District will call, each morning, those public safety departments in whose towns the application will be taking place.
Keys to a Successful Shoot
April 26th 6:30-8:00 PM
FCA Studios, 28 Central Street
ALL FOXBOROUGH RESIDENTS WELCOME
Shooting on location is often hectic and challenging. Knowing your gear, remaining focused, and utilizing some basic tips will help ensure a successful production.
During this hour and a half session, you will receive a refresher on the basic camera functions of the JVCHM150U followed by a discussion on field-shooting best practices. including shot composition, camera placement tips, lighting, and “shooting for the edit”.
Workshop topics include:
- Review of Camcorder Features
- Field-shooting Best Practices
- Shot Composition
- Camera Placement Tips
- Shooting for the Edit
Instructor: Michael Webber