Community rallies behind beloved coach with baseball game


 Sean Jamison was coached by Mark Nardone at Wheeling Park High School. Now, years later, he says he has the perfect opportunity to give back.

“When he came to me and asked me to coach Tino, I felt it was you know he was giving me his blessings to take over for him and so he could sit back and watch because I know he’d like to come out and coach Tino himself as well,” said Jamison.

During the summer of 2015, Mark was diagnosed with ALS, and the community has rallied behind the Warwood native ever since. This weekend’s big game was no exception.

“I think he’s just out there enjoying himself. I think it’s really cool to see, that, I mean obviously the Wheeling Park family has really been with us, but it’s cool to see that there’s other people who are supporting us, even in my little brother’s life that aren’t the football family or the Wheeling Park family, who are there,” said Nick Nardone, Mark’s son.

“I think it means a lot to my little brother to know all of his friends are there for him, and they’re all wearing his number,” said Eleni Nardone, Mark’s daughter.

Tino Nardone has been playing for two years with the Wheeling Post 1 team. The game was not just played by Tino’s friends and classmates, but young athletes from all over the Ohio Valley.

“When it comes to baseball season they seem to pull for each other, and they come out here, as you can see he pitched our first couple innings, and as you can see they were really excited for him,” said Jamison.

The Warwood Vets donated hot dogs, and Tino’s 4th grade class at Warwood School decorated signs. But, the highlight of that game was when Mark got to watch his son take the pitching mound.

“But I think you could see he had a little jump in his step today, he was happy that his Dad could come down here and watch him play. I think overall he was pretty excited about it when everybody had his number 22 on their backs,” said Jamison.

As the team ran off the field, Sean said he was happy to bring some warmth to the Nardone family on such a cold day in April.

“We just really wanted to show Coach Nardone that we really care about him and what he’s done in dedication, and show the family that we’re behind them all the way in everything that’s going on, we just wanted to put something out there and show our support for him,” said Jamison.

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