Williamsville South senior Chris Nelson is doing everything he can to spread the game he loves around the world. Nelson just got back from a week-long getaway to Italy, where he spent his time teaching American football to the locals.
"This was a nice accomplishment for me," Nelson said. "I think it was something I'll always remember. [It's] something I can always look back at and it'll show me what hard work does for you and where it can get you."
Nelson was selected as part of the American Football Worldwide team that features players from all across the country. Every year the team travels to a different foreign country to spread and teach American football, making for a once in a lifetime opportunity.
"We basically just gave the kids a different perspective of how football is played in other countries. It was nice because we got to help the kids in Italy and show them how Americans play football."
The trip, of course, featured plenty of sightseeing and lots of food.
"Okay, so we ate pasta every day, gelato, I had that once every day, the gelato was pretty good. Every single day, it was good."
Nelson, who is currently in the middle of track season at Williamsville South plans on continuing his football career next year at the college level. He's made his decision on where he'll play -- but still hasn't made it public. Congrats to Chris on being named our 7ABC Super 7 Athlete of the Week!
On to the countdown:
#1 – Chris Nelson, Williamsville South
While football season has been over for several months, Chris represented the United States and the Billies in Italy to help showcase American football overseas.
#2 – Daniella Gugino, Mount St. Mary’s Softball
Went 2-for-3 at the plate to help power MSM past Nardin 7-2. It’s the Thunders’ first win over the Gators in a decade.
“Daniella Gugino has started every game for the Thunder at third base since her freshmen year. She is a vocal leader on and off the field. We were extremely proud of her efforts in our recent win against defending league champion, Nardin Academy when she went 2-3 with a double and a triple. In addition to her power hitting ability, her speed around the bases is what makes her a force offensively. We are eager to see her future success this season as she remains a vital member of our lineup.” – Caroline Kos, Head Coach
#3 – Kellen Pulea, St. Joe’s Lacrosse
Scored 6 goals in the Marauders 16-3 over St. Francis on Sunday
“Kellen was on fire during the St. Francis game. He had two behind the back goals and really worked hard for the other four. Kellen is one of the premier attackmen in the area and should be considered for the Borrelli award this year.”- Peter Hudecki, Head Coach
#4 – TaNia Cunningham, Nichols Lacrosse
Had two draw controls, forced four turnovers and collected nine ground balls for the Vikings this past week.
“As defenders rarely get mentioned, she is a force on the field and is noticed immediately for her outstanding speed and incredible instincts. Her anticipation and game sense makes her an outstanding defender. She is key to our transition game and a serious threat all over the field.” -
#5 – John Hassler, Williamsville North Baseball
The Spartan pitcher only allowed three hits to earn a complete-game victory over Jamestown. The 9-2 victory helped North improve to 5-1 this season.
“John has worked so hard throughout pre-season spring training and the hard work has paid off for him. John had command of the strike zone all game long. John threw 16 of 26 first-pitch strikes putting him ahead of just about every hitter. This is just the beginning for John, I have every confidence we will be hearing about John in the future.” - Jerry Scarcella, Head Coach
#6 – Jordan Dixon, Niagara Falls Softball
The freshman pitcher surrendered two runs in an 8-inning victory over Kenmore East.
#7 – Mike Flemming, Maryvale Baseball
The Erie Community College commit went 10-for-14, with 12 RBI, 6 runs scored and also 4 stolen bases in four games this past week for the Flyers.
“Mike has been locked in all year for us and has had some really big run-scoring hits. Not only is he a very good hitter but he excels behind the plate as our catcher.” – Ryan Mohr