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Hall Of Fame Honors For Former Resident

The Eastern New York State Adult Soccer Association and Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association congratulate soccer lifer Hank Steinbrecher upon his induction into the Eastern New York Soccer Hall of Fame. Hank received Eastern New York’s iconic Statue of Liberty Hall of Fame trophy near Miss Liberty as the ceremony took place during a Cruise Around Manhattan on July 13 to celebrate Eastern New York’s 100th anniversary. Eastern New York was founded in 1913, the same year that the United States Soccer Federation, now commonly referred to as U.S. Soccer, was founded. 

Steinbrecher was born in Queens and grew up in Levittown. He played youth soccer as a teenager in the early 1960s before the creation of the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL).

“So I went to Hicksville’s Long Island Railroad station and took a train to Jamaica and then made a connection to a subway or bus to get to a soccer field in Queens or Brooklyn,” Steinbrecher said. “That’s what it took for me to get a game back then.”

He wound up playing for the Kollsman Football Club and German Brooklyn Sport Club in what is now the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League (CJSL).

It was then on to West Virginia where he played for Davis & Elkins, winning a NAIA national championship by defeating powerhouse Quincy College of Illinois, 2-1, in five overtime periods in the 1968 final. 

Steinbrecher earned his Masters of Education degree from West Virginia University and went on to teach and coach at Warren Wilson College, Appalachian State University and Boston University. He then directed the soccer venue at Harvard University for the 1984 Olympic Games. From there, he entered the corporate world, directing sports marketing for Quaker Oats.

 

From 1990 until the turn of the millennium, Steinbrecher served as Secretary General of U.S. Soccer and directed unparalleled growth. As CEO for U.S. Soccer, he was responsible for all aspects of managing a large non-profit organization. During the 1990s, U.S. Soccer hosted the World Cup in 1994 and Women’s World Cup in 1999, the United States

Women’s National Team won the Women’s World Cup in 1991 and 1999 plus the Olympic gold medal in 1996 and Major League Soccer was launched that same year. It is because of visionary leaders such as Steinbrecher that getting a game was no longer difficult for any boy or girl in the United States.

 

Steinbrecher also took a lead role in marketing soccer to potential sponsors, helping U.S. Soccer’s corporate partners grow throughout the 1990s.

 

He retired from U.S. Soccer and is now the president of Touchline Consultants Inc., an international sports management company.

 

Besides being inducted into the Eastern New York Soccer Hall of Fame, Steinbrecher was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2006, was made a lifetime member by U.S. Soccer in 2003 and has also received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s highest honor, “The Honor Award,” for his lifelong service to the game.

 

In his induction speech, Steinbrecher said, “I grew up in New York and the lessons I learned on the fields of the Met Oval, Eintracht Oval and Red Hook, I have carried throughout my life.”

News

A clown named Renaldo performed magic tricks for an enthusiastic audience as part of the National Circus Project, which visited Levittown Public Library on Wednesday, July 16.

 

All 150 tickets available for the performance were sold out in this interactive magic show for children. Throughout the entire circus act, children laughed and raised their hands as high as they could to be chosen as one of Renaldo’s helpers.

 

Raising her hand to participate was three-year-old Kirsten Cantwell from Seaford. “She was upset that she didn’t get picked,” said her mother Melissa Cantwell.

 

Kirsten Cantwell goes to any activity offered at the library, and is starting to enjoy watching magic shows. According to her mother, she really enjoyed the performance.

 

In the circus show, National Circus Project performer, Al Calienes, acted as Renaldo the clown.

 

“The show has different components of acts in the circus,” explained Calienes. “We teach children circus moves.”

 

With the National Circus Project, children get to see magic tricks performed live. “We infuse enthusiasm by showing them, and they in turn will be able to repeat the process,” said Calienes.

Renaldo performed plate spinning, where he spun a plate on a stick and passed it along to the stick of one of his helpers from the audience, who then passed the plate down a line of three more helpers. This interactive way of teaching the children magic tricks really allows them to absorb what they are learning.

 

The National Circus Project travels and performs for elementary schools, as well as middle and high schools. When the National Circus Project is not going to schools, they perform at library shows, summer camps, and other types of events.

 

The performance entertains the adults as well as the children. “We involve everybody,” said Calienes. “Everybody’s engaged on some level or another. “

 

At every library performance, Calienes donates the children’s book he wrote and illustrated Renaldo Joins the Circus to the library. He feels that he owes a lot to the library system. “Anything that ever meant anything to me I learned in the library,” said Calienes.

 

Calienes learned how to draw from the library, which is how he became a commercial artist. One of the main characters he would always draw would be Renaldo the clown. “I wanted to make him real so I joined the circus,” he said.

 

Calienes has been performing with the National Circus Project for seven years and has been in the circus business going on 26 years.

 

The National Circus Project brings magic to children at any school, camp or library all over Long Island as well as across the country.

 

Last June, Nassau County passed legislation that allows for the deployment of a speed enforcement camera system in school zones for each of the 56 public school districts in the county. 

 

The new systems will be implemented throughout the county on July 25, and will be operational on scheduled school days throughout the year. 


Sports

Levittown’s Division Avenue High School varsity baseball team, under the direction of coach Tom Tuttle, won the Class A County Championship, garnering a third-place ranking in New York State. This is the team’s 13th county championship win and the second county championship for the school in the past four years.

 

In addition, senior Chris Reilly was named Championship MVP for throwing a complete game shutout in game two and going three for four with two RBIs. 

Taylor Traenkle, a junior at Division Avenue High School recently received the MVP award for the Nassau County Varsity Hockey League Association.

 

Traenkle, who plays no. 9 for the Levittown Ice Falcons, led the way averaging 2.8 points a game with a total of 25 goals and 23 assists in just 17 games. 


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