Soaring real estate values that have transformed the community, driving out many families with young kids - not to mention the competition with a youth hockey season that now starts at the end of summer - forced Bobby Ferrara to put out an S.O.S. to his friend, Bill McGonagle, director of the Boston Housing Authority.
Ferrara asked McGonagle
if the BHA
could send out a letter to families in all three South Boston public housing developments with children of Pop Warner age.
"The reality is, this year we had to go out and get the kids to keep the program going," Bobby Ferrara said, "and with Billy McGonagle's
help, the families in the public housing developments came through for us."
How could Bill
?McGonagle possibly do anything else?
When Rickelmis Soto shows up for practice, he
will be outfitted with a pro-style helmet, shoulder pads, pants and shoes.
The cost can average about $150 dollars per player, but both Bobby Ferrara and Bill
?McGonagle said they will figure all that out later.
These boys, Bobby Ferrara said yesterday, "are the people Billy
and I were when we were younger and they have to be treated the same way.