In 2014, the Shoreham-Wading River community suffered an unimaginable loss. Thomas Cutinella, a star student-athlete who was a high school junior died following a head injury he suffered during a football game. Though community reeled from the loss, it has pulled together in many ways to honor Cutinella’s memory.
Now the school’s football field, named in honor of the teammate the boys lost, has a new addition thanks to junior Ryan Ledda.
Ledda recently completed a memorial to Cutinella as his Eagle Scout project. The $38,000 project encompasses a bust of Cutinella, surrounded by engraved pavers, pillars and landscaping at the new Tom Cutinella Memorial Field at the Shoreham-Wading River High School.
For the project, Ledda raised funds through the sale of pavers and a Go Fund Me page. He also enlisted donations and services from Emerald Landscaping. While it took three years to raise the money and secure approvals, it took just a few days to construct the memorial. Helping to build it, were Ledda’s fellow Boy Scouts, students and members of the Wildcats football team.
“Everyone really came together for this project,” said Ledda. “It showed me how close this community is.”
Source: Press release issued by the Shoreham-Wading River School District dated Nov. 21, 2016.