North Haven softball team competes in Special Olympics

North Haven softball team competes in Special Olympics


The North Haven Astros softball team competed in four games at the Special Olympics Connecticut Fall Festival at the CT Sportsplex in North Branford Sept. 10.

The team was led by Bobby Monico, 29, a town resident who works at the Home Depot. Monico, who played third base, was accompanied by his sister, Samantha, a special education teacher at the Melissa Jones Elementary School in Guilford.

David Orio, the Astros coach, said his team is one of the four best in the state and played qualifying games earlier this summer in preparation for the Sept. 10 contest when over 1,000 athletes with and without intellectual disabilities participated in softball and other sports, including sailing, bocce and golf. The team has 15 players, eight with disabilities and seven without.

The Astros defeated the New London Wildcats 17-14 in the first game of the day and played the West Hartford All Stars next.

“This is my third year playing softball,” Bobby Monico said. “I get a lot of support from my family and the other teams, too. They’re very nice people.”

Special Olympics provides year-round sports train and competition in a variety of sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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