Published on November 20th, 2013 | by Staples Soccer


Nate Geenberg ’10’s Knockout Challenge

Nate Greenberg ’10 was a member of Staples’ 2009 state championship team. The following spring, he captained the Wrecker lacrosse team.

This year he was supposed to be a senior at Union College, leading the lax team as captain.

Instead he’s battling Ewing’s sarcoma, a form of pediatric bone cancer.

Yesterday, after several rounds of chemo, he had surgery. The tumor was removed from his hip; he underwent a full hip replacement, and partial reconstruction of his femur.

Ahead is more chemo, and possibly radiation.

Now Nate’s many friends — in Westport, at Union and beyond — are doing something for him.

The Staples Lacrosse Association and Fitness Factory have teamed up to help raise funds in Nate’s honor for Ewing’s sarcoma research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital.

Nate loves sports, so the event — Nate’s Knockout Challenge (Sunday, December 8, 10 a.m., Staples track) – is team-oriented. The Staples soccer program is proud to participate.

Players (and anyone else) can form a team of 4, or be put on one.  Working together, everyone tries to achieve certain goals.

The Varsity Challenge consists of a 5-mile run (total — each participant runs 1 1/4 miles), 750 squats, 750 burpees, and 10 minutes (total time) plank hold.

The JV Challenge is a 3-mile run (each participant runs 3/4 mile), 250 squats, 250 burpees, and a 5-minute plank hold.

The cost to participate is $25 per person, $100 per team.

“I hope we get a great turnout from all our varsity, JV and freshman players, plus alumni, family members and friends,” said head coach Dan Woog. “And of course I hope all our players, no matter what level, take the ‘Varsity’ challenge!”

(For more information, and to register, click here. If you can’t participate but would like to contribute, click here. For more information, To see Nate’s “Caring Bridge” site, with plenty of positive updates from him — along with guestbook messages — click here.)

In this classic 2009 photo, Nate Greenberg (center, hand raised, looking right) celebrates the state championship with Staples fans in Ridgefield’s Tiger Hollow stands.

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