Written by Richard Hendler Wednesday, 03 June 2009 16:50
After five memorable years, the Great Neck Grizzlies, Great Neck’s soccer travel soccer team of 8th graders from South and North, won their very last game of tournament play during a recent commemorative final weekend event at Disney World’s Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. While the Grizzlies always bring a special spirit to their play, the prospects for a win on the field did not look so promising against Florida’s top teams until the last minute of the game, during which the Grizzles scored the only goal, grabbing a 1-0 triumph. What better way to end five years together than with a last minute, but altogether not surprising, victory!
As the team reflected on the plane ride back to Long Island, they realized they, the Grizzlies, competed in every game, more than 100 including the State Cup Finals and Waldbaums Cup semi-finals, and overall created memorable times playing and practicing together from New York to Florida. The valuable experiences the Grizzlies have learned during their five plus years with one another about teamwork, hard work, ambition, and sacrifice not only have helped them in soccer, but more importantly these values will also be with them for the rest of their lives, well beyond middle school.
These 16young adults have grown up together and connected through their passion for soccer and building their friendships and camaraderie, which will undoubtedly last a lifetime. A special thanks goes out to Parent Coach Extraordinaire Kerry Baron, assistant parent managers Don Haber and Brian Todaro, flagman Mitch Zaretsky, and Superstar trainer/coach Paul Cutter for their years of dedication, passion, and tireless effort inspiring, motivating, and coaching the Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies look forward to their final three games, to the remaining time together on the field, and to maintaining the great relationships with one another off the field. Go Grizzlies!