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Sharon Stone

Meriden Native To Bring Soccer Program To West Hartford

WEST HARTFORD — Milton Ortega is used to being called "coach" as he drives the streets of Los Angeles.

But while dining at In-N-Out Burger, he never expected to hear the excited "Coach Milton" screams from Tom Hanks' children, who he taught to play soccer.

"They invited me to sit in their booth with them and the whole place went silent," the Connecticut native said. "That's what I love; I feel like I give back to everyone's child, whether it's celebrities or not."

Ortega is returning to his home state to start the East Coast branch of Socceropolis, an educational soccer program for elementary-aged children. The program was...