Written by Gary Simeone, email@example.com Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00
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.”
The Mastermind Unit is made up of five guys, Alcantara, Brian Horvath, Michael Stamatinos, Dave Musinski and Andrew Visconti. Their main initiative is to empower individuals to take a leadership role in their community by organizing events that support a charity of their choice.
Sixteen soccer teams paid $500 each to play competitive playoff style soccer in hopes of raising money for the charity. The winning team was also awarded a three foot high trophy at the end of the final match. Hicksville’s FC Los Dappers took home the trophy.
Much like the recent World Cup games, the teams started out playing three matches in a group stage and the top two teams from each bracket moved on into the quarterfinal round. From there the top four teams made it into the semifinals and the winners squared off in the final game of the day.
“What’s unique about these games is that the teams play on shorter fields with smaller goals,” said Alcantara. “Also the games are shorter than regular soccer matches and if the two teams are tied at the end they face each other in a crossbar challenge to see who can kick the ball off of the crossbar first.”
In order to be on a team, players needed to be older than 18-years-old and have played competitive soccer in the past.
“A lot of these guys are local college players and ex-professionals, so these games are very hard fought and competitive,” said Alcantara.
The day was filled with energy and high spirit as the players battled hard on the field and the DJ pumped music through the speakers to keep the crowd of onlookers engaged.
Saturday, 20 September 2014 00:00
Rhea Manjrekar traded in her running shoes and track shorts for high heels and an evening gown recently, as she participated in the Miss Teen India New York pageant. The 15-year-old from Hicksville snagged the title of first-runner up, and will be competing for the national title in December.
This was Manjrekar’s first time competing in a pageant. But she started out with major doubts about even participating.
“At first, I didn’t want to do it. I have extreme stage fright. My mom told me to try it out because she thought it would boost my confidence and look good on my college applications, so I went for the practice,” Manjrekar said. “The girls were so nice. I thought I wouldn’t fit in but I made friends immediately so I decided to do it.”
Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00
The parking lot of Sears in Hicksville transformed into a sea of cars this past Saturday as part of the ninth annual Long Island Cruizin’ For A Cure Car Show.
The show, which was founded by Jericho prostate cancer survivor Sandy Kane, is the only car show on Long Island dedicated to raising funds for research, testing and also education for early detection of prostate cancer. The all-volunteer car show usually draws around 4,000 attendees. It features 600 cars, trucks, motorcycles and more; a perfect day for car enthusiasts and the like.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.
If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you!
Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:49
At 6 a.m. on a blustery Saturday morning 1,600 people arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to participate in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge Tobay triathlon and tri- relay race. The participants were from all over Long Island, some from upstate NY, a few from out of state and were all ages and some even with disabilities but all came with one goal in mind, to finish.
The course starts out as a half mile swim in Oyster Bay Harbor, then a 9.3 mile bike ride through Oyster Bay, Laurel Hollow, and Cove neck which is very hilly but finishes with a 2.9 mile downhill to the finish. Then the riders have one more leg of the race which is 3.2 mile run through Mill Neck and Brookville, up to Planting Fields Arboretum and back down to Roosevelt Park to the finish line.