Western New York supports local Olympians
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WEST SENECA, N.Y. — Nancy Anderson has watched her son Matt succeed at every level as a volleyball player. Now he's at the Olympics.
"This is really happening. It's wonderful," she said.
Hundreds gathered at Flattery's in West Seneca to watch Anderson represent the United States in the London Olympics opening ceremonies.
"It's for the United States and his city and his town and his state and the whole country and he's just very proud to wear the United States of America shirt," Nancy Anderson said.
The town has raised an Olympic flag and declared Friday, "Matt Anderson Day."
"I don't think anyone can get to that level without having support from either family or community or friends or brothers and sisters," his uncle, John Ferraro, said.
Olympic fever isn't limited to West Seneca. In the City of Buffalo community members are invited down to watch events outdoors at Larkin Square. It's open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends.
Larkin Square Director of Fun Leslie Zemsky said the hours are flexible.
"Because were a small operation we can do things spontaneously. We're also going to go with the crowd."
The event hasn't had much publicity and the crowd was small Friday.
"It can only grow in popularity," Joe Kirchmyer of West Seneca said. "It's a great event. It's great for Buffalo and more people should get down here to enjoy it."
Nancy Anderson said she's looking forward to watching her son do what he does as well as anyone in the world.
"Today it's watching him walk out, but I love being at his games," Anderson said. "I want to see him play. That's what I like."