SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — When you hear the term leader, what comes to mind? An individual who leads by a example? Maybe a person who’s main focus is to guide others.
Perhaps you think of someone who goes the distance to make everyone better around him.
All of those traits are evident in Cathedral’s Dominic Marconi not only for his work on the field, but more so his charitable endeavors off of it.
“Just because I’m doing work doesn’t mean I need to expect something back,” Marconi says, “I can just go out and help for the sake of helping.”
The Westfield native prides himself on exactly that. Whether it’s helping to find loving families for border collies or repairing storm-damaged homes, the two way player uses those experiences to motivate himself on the field and lead by example.
“It means a lot to me because I came into this program as a sophomore. I was on JV my first year. The next year I was on starting varsity on almost every team and then I was even able to make it up to captain that year.”
It’s no surprise to coach Mike Robidoux. From early on, he knew his co-captain was a special person.
“Once I checked on him, I realized how many organizations he was working with and how he was helping the school out,” Robidoux says, “It’s a lot more than learning football here with what he’s doing and we just help to encourage it.”
So what’s next for the program’s gold-standard? While football is on his radar, he knows the continuation of his benevolent actions and his success in the classroom are most important to his future.
“I’m hoping to go to college. I’m hoping to get a degree in some kind of scientific engineering or biochemistry. Hopefully I can play football but if I’m not able to, it’s not going to be a huge heartbreak for me even though I do wanna play football and am completely willing to put in the work for it,” Marconi explains.
Certainly not a bad plan for an individual who has the chance to shine no matter which avenue he chooses to follow. Marconi and his Panthers return to action Saturday at 1 p.m. hosting Frontier at Central High School in Springfield.