By Charles L Valenti
Here is a story about love of country, of community, of family, and friends, teammates, and soldiers, who have banded together like brothers. This is the story of one very special soldier and the knowledge he passed on to his son.
The soldier was known as a Golden Lion. He taught his cub to become an athlete with skills sharpened by military philosophies and knowledge of American sports. Here, one will and a love of soccer, the seed of which was planted in a distant land. The young plant was brought to America, and the blossom became known as the Cleveland High School soccer team.
Here, you will travel. You will experience life and love in the hamlet of Verona, Italy. Verona, the birthplace of “Romeo and Juliet”. Destiny will take you across the Atlantic ocean to another hamlet called Ridgewood in the Big Apple known as New York City. Here, you will experience Camelot, where soccer and baseball embrace military thought.