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Vito Sciascia: A Volunteer With Lots Of Heart

Vito Sciascia was recently named Hicksville Soccer Club’s Volunteer of the Year at the 2014 Long Island Junior Soccer League 2014 Kick-off Convention.

Sciascia started coaching travel soccer in 1998 for a boys team, the Flash, who later changed their names to the Muddogs. He could always be found at various sporting fields trying to recruit new soccer players. He would make each of these boys feel important and there was always room for another player. He tried to never turn a child away and when other coaches were having trouble with a boy he would take them on his team, no one was ever too much for him. Sciascia found the good in all those boys and they in return respected him. He took them to many tournaments and solicited enough sponsorship so that it was never a financial burden on their families.

In 2004, after aging out with the boys’ team, Sciascia started a girls under 10 travel team, The Patriots. Many of the core group of girls still remain as Patriots today. Sciascia has always treated these girls like they are his own children.  He stayed coaching the team even when his daughter decided to stop playing a few years ago. Even though the girls would sometimes give him grief, he’d laugh and say “They’re girls, it’s ok! They’re trying to figure it all out. Don’t let them kid you though, they are all smart, every single one of them.” Week after week Sciascia shows up rain or shine with a laugh, a smile, and ball bag in tow.

Sciascia has been a member of the Hicksville Soccer Club for 23 years and has served on almost every committee. Anytime anyone needed a committee member or chairperson Sciascia would raise his hand and say, “Oh I’ll do that”. He has been on Coaches Conduct Committee, Grievance Committee, Scholarship Committee, and Director of Coaching Advisory Committee. He has also been Parliamentarian, counted election ballots and lined fields. No task is ever too large or too small.

As the chapter of HASC is closing for his Patriots, we in the club are pretty sure Sciascia’s coaching career is not quite done yet as his grandson is coming of age to start Intramural. Look out Hicksville; Vito Sciascia just may have himself a new little team yet again.

— From the Hicksville Soccer Club

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“It was so nerve-wracking because I’ve never done anything like this, but I’m so glad I went through it and was dedicated to it. It was amazing,” she says.


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Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its fourth tournament on Thursday Aug. 7. We had 33 golfers and a record 8 who scored under 40. Low overall score was won by newcomer Ed Hyne with an impressive 33, his second low net in a row. Charlie Acerra scored a solid 35, and won low overall net with a 26; his best score in 4 years.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 % handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season. The league meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m., but the formal tournament dates are only the first and third Thursday of the month through late October. We will have a final luncheon with prizes on our last meeting.

The fields of Kevin Kolm Memorial Park were filled with nearly 200 soccer players on Saturday for the annual ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event. The event was put together by the Mastermind Unit in sponsor of the Michael Magro Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting pediatric patients with cancer and their families.

“The Mastermind Unit is a non-profit organization that was founded by a group of guys who grew up playing soccer together in Hicksville,” said co-founder Bryan Alcantara. “This is our seventh annual  ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event at Memorial Park.”


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