WESTPORT — As the rhythmic thumping of several basketballs echoed through the Staples gym before the Wreckers win over Fairfield Ludlowe on Monday night, sophomore forward A.J. Konstanty stopped his warm-up to hug one of his best friends.

Team manager and fellow teammate Dylan Curran.

“Dylan has been my guy for so many years,” Konstanty said. “We have been family friends every since I moved here and was a new kid. He is always such a joy to be around.”

Curran, who is also the manager and a member of the football and baseball teams, is a student with special needs and is never too far from the action at Staples athletics.

But after Sunday, he will be right in the middle of the action on one of the biggest stages.

Curran has agreed to sign on to play with the Connecticut-based LEEgion flag football team during the New York Giants SnowBowl 2018 at Metlife Stadium on March 9-11.

The event will also benefit the Special Olympics of New Jersey.

“He’s such a bright and inspiring young man,” Staples wide receivers coach Brian Krost said. “He’s more blessed than any of us. He just glows and lights up a room. He has so much love and enthusiasm.”

It was Krost’s idea to add Curran for this year’s event, after his LEEgion squad has won back-to-back SnowBowls.

Curran will be getting the whole National Signing Day treatment at an event held at the Blind Rhino restaurant and sports bar in South Norwalk on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

Krost said Curran was excited to participate in the event, although it took some getting used to the idea of playing where the Giants play for the longtime New England Patriots fan.

“Dylan is a die hard Pats fan,” Krost said. “It’s Pats’ land over at the Curran’s, so he had a little grimace because the Giants are supposed to be the enemy, but now he’s excited. ”

While Curran would probably rather play on the same field as Tom Brady instead of Eli Manning, the opportunity to take the same field as an NFL player is something that Krost said he hopes Curran never forgets.

Plus having Curran there to inspire his team the way he does for the Wreckers made the choice a no-brainer.

“Dylan is an integral part of the (Staples) program,” Krost said. “What he gives his teammates and the way he just uplifts, it leaves your heart warmed.”

“Each season he always brings a cheerfulness to the team,” Konstanty said. “He is always there to support us even when we’re down...I honestly think that he makes me a better person just by being my friend.”

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