Friends of NHS football hope you'll tee up for the team

Published on Thursday, 1 June 2017 16:35
Written by Erica Schmitt

Staff Writer

NEWINGTON - Two sports that couldn’t be any more different are at the forefront of an upcoming collaboration.

Newington Friends of Football will host a golf tournament at Indian Hill Country Club on Saturday, June 24, to raise money for Newington High School’s football program.

NFOF has donated over $400,000 to the program since the parent and alumni organization formed over 40 years ago. Members are currently working on paying for the renovated field house on Alumni Road, used by football players and other student-athletes.

“Any student at the high school can use the facility, not just athletes,” said NFOF member Ted Fravel. “It’s open three days a week in the summer, so if you want to get ready for any of the sports it’s a great tool.”

The facility has lockers, sports equipment and physical trainers to help students. The $30,000 cost was split between the Board of Education and NFOF.

Fravel also happens to be president of Parents of Newington Football, another booster club that supports the team. Composed of around 30 parents, the group is currently in discussions with NFOF about a possible merger.

Thanks to these groups, the team also now has “Huddle.” This online service provides live-streaming video from the sidelines. It is used by players as a teaching tool and by colleges as a recruiting tool.

NFOF President John Abbate is proud of the work they’ve accomplished and would like to continue far into the future.

“As a former NHS football player I have the honor of representing Newington’s largest sports booster club,” Abbate said this week. “The NFOF was formed back in 1974 and had provided many items to the football program, including lights for Alumni field, an electronic scoreboard and most recently, renovating the weight room at the field house.”

In addition to these gifts, the group fulfills a yearly wish list requested by the coach, and awards two senior players $1,000 college scholarships annually.

Newington Football re-cently welcomed new head coach Jason Pace, a Wolcott transplant who led the town’s team to four state playoffs in six seasons. He arrived in Newington just this past January.

The upcoming golf tournament is an opportunity for the community to step in and help the team.

A $135 registration fee includes 18 holes of golf, greens fees, driving range and an adult beverage on course, along with lunch and dinner, a complimentary massage and one hour open bar before dinner. Registration and lunch starts at noon. The shotgun scramble starts at 1:30 p.m. Those unable to golf can sponsor a tee sign, donate a raffle prize, or just come for dinner. Contact Ted Fravel at 860-817-1146 or Dave Pruett at to learn how.

Erica Schmitt can be reached at 860-801-5097, or

If you go:

WHAT: Newington Friends of Football Golf Tournament

WHEN: Saturday, June 24, 12 noon registration, 1:30 p.m. shotgun start

WHERE: Indian Hill Country Club, 111 Golf St., Newington

Summer Hours for NHS Field House

Mon., Tues., Thurs. 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News, Business on Thursday, 1 June 2017 16:35. Updated: Thursday, 1 June 2017 16:38.