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A Game to Remember… September 11, 2010

Both team’s lined up side by side, walked to the center of the field and then turned in a perfect line, Team Avalanche with USA flags on their left shirt sleeve and USA flags in hand. Coaches Gallego and Van-Patten stood proudly alongside their team. The referee asked that all parents stand and a moment of silence was observed, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

After the pledge, Coach Alex Gallego walked over to the Mahon family, handed them one of the flags, and gave player James Mahon’s dad a handshake.

The game was a tough fight, pitting the Glen Cove Cobra’s against the OBEN Avalanche. Both teams played with amazing heart, as the game was dedicated to Thomas A. Mahon who lost his life on September 11, 2001. James Mahon, nephew of Thomas A. Mahon, plays for the Avalanche.

Coaches Alex Gallego and Larry Van-Patten have been building one the most elite travel teams over the past several years. But they are also building men. They teach lessons that are greater than those learned on the field. These boys learn of commitment, responsibility, teamwork. They learn acceptance, camaraderie, and to face challenges. Both on and off the field, they are being trained to excel.

The Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce officers were present to give a gift of $500 to the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Avalanche U12 Soccer team.

The Avalanche is made up of several scholarship players who the OB-EN soccer club sponsors. The chamber gift allows the team to purchase equipment, uniforms, backpacks, and pay tournament entrance fees.

As a thank you to the Chamber, each player was wearing their Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce green wristbands that complement their uniforms. The team is proud to display their wristbands which show their deep appreciation to the chamber and all it does. The chamber believes in giving to our community and in building the character of young athletes through sports, as they are learning to become our future leaders.

It was certainly a game to remember…