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Athletic field to be named after Foxborough teen

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The Foxborough School Committee has approved naming a new athletic field at the high school in honor of the former student who died of a rare genetic condition that accelerates the aging process. The committee voted Monday to name the field in honor of Sam Berns, according to The Sun Chronicle. Berns died Jan. 10 after a fight with Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. He was 17. At Foxborough High School, he achieved highest honors and was a percussion section leader in the band. Berns’s battle drew national attention, inspired professional athletes, and spurred medical research. The town’s first artificial turf playing field is scheduled for completion in the fall.