For the love of Josh: Soccer camp raises funds in memory of late Greenwich student | Local

GREENWICH — Joshua James Demarest was a happy, athletic kid who loved football, lacrosse and soccer. Actually, the 13-year-old loved all sports. That’s why three of his teachers from Greenwich Central School started an athletic memorial fund in his name.

And on Saturday morning, 50 students attended a benefit soccer camp in his honor at the school on Gray Avenue.

“We wanted to create something fun,” said Pat Burke, Josh’s sixth-grade teacher and soccer coach, talking about how much fun Josh was and what a great sense of humor he had.

The morning air was cool and as the sun peeked in and out of billowy clouds, the teachers marveled at what a beautiful day it was, adding that it would have been the kind of day Josh would have loved.

“He‘d have a smile from ear to ear,” said Burke.

The three teachers who created the athletic memorial fund — Burke, Michelle Kenney, who was Josh’s fifth-grade teacher, and Andrea Jacobs-Merlow, his French teacher — said his sense of humor was infectious and even on not-so-good days, Josh was always smiling.

“This camp was founded to remember the life and legacy of Josh,” Kenney said. “The fund has already provided registration fees for Grizzlies Football and has also given a scholarship of a week-long soccer camp.”

Last December, Josh lost his life in a tragic winter accident.

While playing in a large snowbank with his friend, 12-year-old Tyler Day, Josh was trapped underneath the snow without air when a Department of Public Works loader dumped more snow on the existing pile. Day, also covered and trapped in the snow, had an air pocket that kept him alive until rescuers found the boys several hours later.

“We are doing our best to move past the pain, but it is very difficult,” said Jacobs-Merlow. “In honor of Josh,…

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