Most famous and distinguished people are honored at a dinner, gala or a concert. Port Washington is preparing to honor Roger Winter, an icon whose 35-year career in teaching and coaching has made him a legend. "The best way to honor Coach Winter is to have a lacrosse tournament in his honor," said Raquel Pirano, a past student of Coach Winter and the new head varsity lacrosse coach. Coach Pirano and her assistant, Brandy Miller have organized the first "Port Washington Winter Lacrosse Classic." The event will take place on Saturday, March 26. Some top varsity girls' lacrosse teams have accepted the invitation these include: Manhasset, Harborfields, West Islip, Bay Shore, Shawnee (NJ), Greenwich (Conn), and Smoke Hill all the way from Colorado. A full morning of round-robin scrimmages are scheduled from 9 a.m. until 1. Following play, all the players, coaches and officials will join together for lunch provided by Port's Uncle Buck's Deli. Arena Graphics has designed and manufactured the tournament's commemorative shirt to be given to all the players. "We hope to make this an annual event," said Coach Pirano. "Roger Winter has done so much for Port Washington lacrosse. Personally speaking, he was my coach when I was a student and showed me the way how lacrosse was able to open many doors for me in college and my career." Here I am today, a Schreiber alumni and now teaching and coaching in my home town, he was my mentor, my role model."
All the students whose path ever crossed with Roger Winter, in physical education classes and on the soccer-lacrosse fields all share in their affection and respect for a teacher and coach who always gave 100 percent and taught them strategies to last a lifetime.