At the eighth annual PYA Hall of Fame dinner/dance held on June 19, three individuals who have made great contributions to the PYA and Port youth athletics in general, were honored. This year's inductees were Frank Giordano, Julius Picardi and Jack Summerville.
Each honoree was presented with a plaque by PYA President James Cosolito in recognition of their individual achievements and contributions to the youth of Port Washington. Over 290 PYA supporters attended the event at the Polish American Hall. In addition two local business persons Mike Lee (Leebolt Printing) and Carol Levering (Community Chest) were presented with awards in recognition of their continuous support and sponsorship to PYA programs.
Frank Giordano was honored for his individual athletic and sportsmanship accomplishments. Frank began his development as an athlete on the fields of PYA in the youth football and lacrosse programs. At Schreiber High School, he captained the varsity lacrosse team and gained All-Division honors. His intense dedication to excellence gained him appointments to both West Point and Annapolis during his senior year.
Frank selected the United States Military Academy to continue his education and further his athletic achievements. He graduated in 1983 with a BS in engineering and a commission as a second lieutenant. Later he would achieve the rank of captain during his six year tour of duty.
At West Point, Frank had an outstanding lacrosse career that included four varsity letters, three-time All American honors and NCAA Division I first team selection in his senior year. He was also named to the North squad for that year's annual NCAN North-South game. Frank graduated as the second leading scorer in Army lacrosse history.
Frank and his wife Katie and their three children reside in Ridgewood, NJ where he is vice president of the Ridgewood Sports Council.
Julius Picardi was honored for his long association with PYA in various capacities from participant as a youth in PYA programs, coach and eventually as an officer and director. Julius is a Schreiber High School graduate (Class of 1975). At Schreiber he was a member of both varsity wrestling and varsity lacrosse. At SUNY-Albany he played mid-fielder on the varsity lacrosse team for three years.
Upon graduation from college, Julius started his long association with PYA. In 1980 he became assistant lacrosse coach. In 1982 he became financial secretary of the PYA and a year later became treasurer (a position he still holds). Julius became a key individual in the refocus and subsequent growth of PYA and its programs during the late 1980s. His keen financial awareness was quickly recognized and in 1990 he was appointed chairman of the Endowment Committee. Julius is the PYA's second longest active serving board member. Only Harvey Cohen (PYA's first Hall of Fame inductee) has served longer. Julius is the consumate volunteer and inspirational leader with a demonstrated commitment to Port's youth.
Julius currently serves as statistician for the NY Saints lacrosse team. He and his Marie reside in Floral Park, NY.
Jack Summerville was honored posthumously. For many years Jack served as PYA coach, officer and director during the mid and late 1960s. His Knights of Columbus basketball team was one of the league's best teams. Jack was noted for teaching good sportsmanship as well as good fundamental basketball. Several of his "boys" went on to star for Schreiber High School. His award read: "For outstanding contribution to the youth of Port Washington and his dedication to the PYA in their formative years."