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September 26, 2013
Enjoying Life in Southie
By Kevin Devlin

They have a young sister named Gianna and an older brother named Christian. They are fortunate young boys who have loving parents who are there for them every moment. Their mom and dad are Maria and Kenny. Our two young, enthusiastic go-getters in the Korner this week are Mario and Rocco Blasi. 

Mario, 7, is in the second grade at the Saint Peter Academy. He’s doing great with his subjects, works hard and last school year earned Second Honors. His favorite subject is art and someday he hopes to be an artist. His favorite color is pink and his favorite snack is Oreos with milk, and sometimes strawberry milk…he’s an adventurous lad. 

Mario’s favorite professional athletes are Bruins forward Brad Marchand, goalie Tuukka Rask, and the legendary Bobby Orr. His favorite singer is the late Michael Jackson. In his leisure time, he loves coloring and drawing free hand characters. He has great potential if he sticks with it. He likes playing video games with his younger brother Rocco, and his favorite video game is Super Mario. He loves playing with his sister Gianna and wrestling with his brother Christian, while they’re watching professional wrestling on TV. To round out his spare time, he eagerly attends art classes at Saint Vincent’s and the Tierney Center.

Mario, just like Rocco, is extremely busy in the sport’s world. At Ultimate Self-Defense (he has a yellow belt) he likes the discipline of the classes and then the fun of participating in tug-of-wars and mini-Sumo wrestling matches. He’s is in the Gate of Heaven CYO Instructional Basketball Program, and is mentored by his dad, Eddie Flynn, Sean Monahan, young Sean Monahan, young Paul Hogan, and the elder statesmen from Savin Hill fame, Michael Donovan. 

Mario has played in the South Boston Youth Soccer League for four seasons. He’s played baseball locally for a few years and next season will be in the South Boston Little League minor division. He’s participated in the Learn to Skate and Learn to Play Programs at the Murphy Rink and this year will be competing in the South Boston Youth Hockey League house league division. Additionally, for the past four years, Mario has participated in a spring, outdoor street hockey league held at Clam Point in Dorchester. His dad is his biggest fan and also his dedicated coach.  

Rocco, 6, is in Kindergarten II at the Saint Peter Academy. He has an affinity to math, loves phonics, and someday hopes to be an eighth grade teacher. His favorite color is blue and he delights in eating peanut butter and fluff sandwiches. His favorite professional team is the New England Patriots. He loves playing video games and his favorite one is Mario Brothers. And, like his brother Mario, his favorite singer is the late Michal Jackson.

Rocco has a purple stripe belt in Karate and plans on getting more belts. He played t-ball last year and next summer will be competing in the minor leagues of the local Little League. He plays soccer and enjoys kicking the ball and running around the field. He will begin his exploits in hoop this winter in the Gatey program and in the near future will be competing against Mario in ice hockey.

Rocco’s an avid reader and advanced for his grade-level. He’s read Chica, Chica, One, two, three, and Chica, Chica, Boom-Boom, Pete the Cat, as well as Don’t wake up the Pigeon. He also loves playing with Gianna and wrestling with Christian.

Their mom and dad are proud of their focus in and out of the classroom.              

 “Mario and Rocco are energetic boys who keep busy,” said their mom. “They are very competitive with each other and love all sports. They are happy and friendly. They love hanging out with their cousins, the Markos boys. We are proud of them.”

In today’s society with the problems faced by so many kids, it’s vital that parents remain dedicated to the moral, educational, and physical maturation of their children.  

Kenny and Maria Blasi are two such parents who know the importance of this responsibility as they unselfishly guide their children down the wondrous path of life. 

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