To those who know him, Scott McCarty '76 is not really a scorekeeper. He doesn't hold grudges or check items off lists as he assesses people and things around him. He takes a longer view, especially as a coach, teacher, and mentor in his role as soccer coach and Athletic Director at Forman School.
But he has a practical side too. He knows that fans attending a soccer game would like to know the game details that a scoreboard provides. As a long-time resident of Litchfield and a supporter of youth sports, McCarty is always looking to help. The Plumb Hill Playing Fields in Litchfield are more than ten years old but as of last summer, they did not feature a scoreboard for soccer. So, as he often does, McCarty took it upon himself to improve the situation.
After securing approval from the Board of the Plumb Hill Playing Fields, McCarty himself purchased a scoreboard for the field that was installed in late August and made ready for the start of Litchfield High School boy and girls soccer team seasons this fall.
The town and school honored McCarty just before the Litchfield High game against Wamogo on September 29. Litchfield High boys soccer coach Rob Andrulis requested the attention of the crowd and called McCarty out onto the field. Andrulis thanked other people who have supported the Plumb Hill Playing Fields but singled out McCarty, his longtime friend and well-known supporter of all athletics in Litchfield. Ever humble, McCarty said he only bought the scoreboard because he was tired of attending games with everyone in the crowd wondering what was going on. But those who know him will tell you he bought the scoreboard because that's who he is: a kind and generous man who gives back to Litchfield because of how much Litchfield has given him.
"For me it's about supporting all the wonderful boys and girls that attend Litchfield High School," McCarty said later. "Over the years, I have been mentored by many great people in Litchfield. Rob Andrulis is one of my best friends and has been a big part of my life. It was a pleasure for me to give back to a great town. My inspiration came from Jill Murphy, a graduate of Litchfield High. She took on the task of raising money for a scoreboard for the field hockey team. The ceremony meant a lot to me."
And Scott McCarty means a lot to Litchfield.