was raised in Hull, Mass., a tiny beach town 20 miles south of Boston, where he
played on the same high school basketball team that he
remembers the way his
stomach turned flips when, in the summer before his
junior year in 1989, he
heard that the town had pulled its funding of school sports.
The local booster club - eight or nine sets of parents, really - raised enough money to keep the programs afloat that year.
So it was that Quatromoni, who is also Hull's athletic director, was quick to come up with a plan last year when the town axed all $265,000 from the high school athletic budget.
mobilized the booster club and the students.
A few weeks into the school year, he
raised more than $6,000 in sponsorships competing in a triathlon; this less than four months after surgery to resurface a hip.
"I thought it would be one year," Quatromoni
And so Quatromoni
, the boosters and the students are at it again, parking cars, collecting tolls at the beach, selling squares for a "meadow muffin" raffle, and, yes, running another triathlon, trying to repeat their work of a year ago.
"These kids have been fighting for us on these fields for so many years, I don't know how we can walk away from that.
It's time for us to fight for them."
Hull (Mass.) High School
"What I'm afraid of is that people who weren't in the trenches started feeling like it was business as usual around here," Quatromoni
thinks back to the steps Hull took to save sports a year ago and groans at the prospect of repeating them.
"It's a tireless group of parents we have here," Quatromoni