The organizers of fall soccer kickoff couldn't have asked for better weather, turnout or atmosphere as they assembled Saturday morning at Simons Field.
The bright son provided the gentle last lick of summer warmth while the cool tinge of fall was present in the air. The perfect weather for opening day.
But before the soccer activities commenced, Morris Plains seven term mayor Frank Druetzler and recreation director Sal Cortese took a small portion of the September celebration to honor this year's volunteer of the year.
In his opening remarks, Druetzler described 2013 recipient Bob O'Brien as a "tireless volunteer" who has coached soccer for more than 15 years and also pitched in with basketball, baseball and most recently lacrosse.
Cortese said that O'Brien and all the coaches have made a sacrifice for the community.
"They take time away from their families to come out here and coach your kids," Cortese said.
For his part, O'Brien said he was both touched and surprised by the unexpected honor (see his full remarks in the video attached to this post).
Not one to hog the limelight, O'Brien quickly retreated back with his team and the soccer activities commenced.
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