Nicholas Capano had been enjoying his participation in Spaulding Rehabilitation Center golf clinics in Windham, New Hampshire, using the center’s specially equipped golf cart.
Attorney Mario Capano, who is Nicholas’s father, saw how much his 26-year-old son loved golfing at the clinics and thought it would be a great idea to purchase a new golf cart for Gannon that could be used by individuals with special needs.
Nicholas, who was born with Spina Bifida and suffered a stroke at four months old, is a member of the Lynn Disabilities Commission and he vigorously supported bringing a golf cart to Gannon for people with various needs and disabilities.
That’s when George Sonia, owner of Lancelot Janitorial in Lynn, decided to direct the proceeds from the New Year’s Day Polar Plunge fundraiser to the golf cart project. Participants made donations and purchased T-shirts to help the cause.
Mario Capano said that Sonia was very instrumental in the golf cart fundraising endeavor moving forward to its goal.
Tony Nicosia, owner of Tony’s Pub in Lynn, then offered to host an event in which part of the proceeds would to go the purchase of the golf cart that cost $7,000.
Monday at the Ninth Annual Patrick Reddy Memorial Golf Tournament at Gannon, Nicholas Capano made his golfing debut with the cart that is now a part of the Gannon golf cart fleet.
“We’re grateful to all the people who donated and contributed and this is a tremendous opportunity to give back to the people in the city with special needs,” said Mario Capano.
The fact that Nicholas used the cart for the first time at the Patrick Reddy Tournament added another level of emotions to the event. Patrick Reddy was a popular student and hockey captain at St. Mary’s High School who died in 2007 from injuries that he sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
“Nicholas and Patrick were close friends since childhood,” said Mario Capano.
In addition to golf, Nicholas is also a member of the Alice O’Neil Challenger Little League Senior League and participates in New England Disabled Sports skiing at Loon Mountain, and the Marblehead YMCA Basketball Tournament. In August he is scheduled to participate in a climb up Mount Washington with his brothers, A.J. who will graduate from New England School of Law Friday, and Jonathan, a senior at Boston University.