LIVINGSTON, NJ — Dual athlete Nicholas Guido, now a senior at Livingston High School (LHS), recently caught the eye of township employees when he was seen repeatedly cleaning up the basketball courts near LHS in an effort to keep them open to the public during a time when so many indoor activities have been closed due to the pandemic.
After consistently seeing excessive litter at the courts toward the end of the summer, Ron Barbella, Livingston Township Program Supervisor for Athletics and Aquatics, posted a sign at the courts that read, “Clean up garbage or the rims will be removed.”
Guido, who knows Barbella as one of the assistant basketball coaches at LHS, has taken on the responsibility by making sure “all the garbage is picked up and the courts are clean” every time he visits the courts.
“I decided to clean the basketball courts because it is a place that is very important to me, and I was trying to keep our environment clean,” he said. “The rims weren’t up for months already during the quarantine, and it would be a shame to have them taken off again.”
His efforts have not gone unnoticed by the township, as Barbella was quick to share his enthusiasm and gratitude for the local teen’s commitment.
Barbella characterized Guido, a football and basketball player at LHS, as being a “very respectful and easy-going” young man who “loves his family and his teammates.”
“I would see this boy playing Basketball at 7:30 a.m. while I was on my way to work every day, and then I would see him at 8 p.m. again at the basketball courts,” said Barbella. “My son, Anthony, who is a teammate of Nick's on the LHS football team, told me that Nick does not want the rims removed and that he has been getting up early in the morning or sometimes late at night and cleaning the area around the courts himself.”
Noting that his mother, Colleen, “often helps out at [his] sporting events when needed,” Guido credited his parents for teaching him the value of being kind and respectful and helping others whenever possible.
Guido is also no stranger to charity and volunteerism. During his freshman year of high school, LHS head football coach Robert Breschard encouraged the football team to be volunteer coaches at the Special Olympics, and the team had been attending annually until the pandemic hit.
Guido also enjoys serving as a volunteer coach for the seventh-and eighth-grade Junior Lancers football team, stating that it “would have been helpful to have some insight from an experienced high school football player” when he was in the program at that age.
“Football is one of my favorite sports, and I want to be a role model for the younger kids in our community,” he said. “Also, I love spreading my knowledge of the game and helping our younger players work hard to be dedicated to the game.”
Only a few weeks into his senior year, Guido is still undecided about college and a future career, but said he currently plans to major in sports management and/or business.