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PYA’s 19th Annual Hall of Fame Dinner Honors Schimoler and Sholder

Recently, Port Washington Youth Activities (PYA) held its 19th annual Hall of Fame Dinner Dance at North Hempstead Country Club. More than 325 participants attended the organization’s largest fundraising event of the year, which serves as the culmination of PYA’s sports year. That evening, PYA honored Paul Schimoler as a former athlete who came through its programs, and Steve Sholder, a current board member, as a key volunteer contributor. Both of these men, in their own ways, have helped continue to solidify and grow the organization which had its beginnings in 1963.

In addition, the evening was a huge success thanks in no small part to the generosity of PYA’s friends and local business owners who donated a multitude of items for the silent auction, and bid generously throughout the evening. The Dinner Dance remains one of PYA’s most important fundraising events and both PYA and the beautiful Lions Field continue to thrive because of the donations and contributions of PYA’s friends and supporters. PYA’s Board of Directors would like to thank all those who attended, as well as those who contributed.

Paul Schimoler

Paul Schimoler is the latest in a long line of PYA lacrosse players and athletes who have achieved local, national and international recognition in the sport.

Paul participated in lacrosse from the time he was in the second grade in 1974, through the eighth grade in 1981, and was a natural goalie almost from the start. He also played football for one year in 1980.

Following his participation in PYA, Paul continued his lacrosse career at St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset where he played one year with the JV and three with the varsity. He also spent two years each on the JV and varsity soccer teams there, and two seasons on the basketball squad. In his sophomore year as an attackman, the team won the CHSAA title, and in his senior year, Paul anchored a defense which again led St. Mary’s to the CHSAA championship in 1985.

Paul’s high school achievements led to true recognition during his time at Cornell University where he was a four-time All-Ivy and All-American lacrosse goalie. He was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 1986, and he led Big Red to the NCAA Division I Lacrosse tournament in 1987 and 1988 where they made it all the way to the finals during both years. Cornell also won the Ivy League title in 1987. In 1988 he set the Division I record for the most saves in the NCAA Lacrosse tournament, and in 1989 was selected to the North-South All Star team. That year he was also the team’s captain and the Ivy League player of the year.

His post-collegiate years were spent with the New York Athletic Club and North Hempstead Lacrosse Club, and he was also a member of the gold-medal winning USA Lacrosse teams in both the 1990 and 1994 World Games, and the U.S. Club Lacrosse Association player of the year in 1990.

In 1999, Paul was elected to the Cornell University Hall of Fame, and in 2004, he was honored with his induction into the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame.

Paul has given back to the sport of lacrosse and its youth participants as a coach at various instructional and recruiting camps throughout the country. He has been a guest speaker at coach’s clinics for U.S. Lacrosse in both Vermont and at the national convention. He has co-developed and produced features on goal-tending for both video and online website instruction.

Paul has leveraged his Cornell degree in Hospitality Management in that industry with positions at a number of hotels and restaurants, but has pursued a lacrosse coaching career as well. He began as an assistant at Cornell in the early 1990s, then continued at RPI in Troy, NY from 2001-2003, and currently is the men’s head lacrosse coach at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, VT, where he has been since 2003.

Paul resides in Essex, VT with his wife Lynn Ellen, his daughter Serena, 15, and son Jack, age 2.

Steve Sholder

Steve began his involvement with PYA in 1984 when his son Karl began playing baseball. Steve served as both an assistant and head baseball coach for four years. Steve then joined the PYA Board of Directors in 1986 and has been one its most active members. Steve plays a prominent role as a member of PYA’s Field Committee, which oversees all field operations at Lion’s Field. He is also a member of the Golf Committee and the annual Dinner Dance Committee, two of PYA’s most important fund-raising events. Steve also leads PYA’s efforts in connection with the annual Harbor Day events at the Town Dock. Finally, Steve is a member of PYA’s Technology and Special Events Committees. More recently, Steve has joined PYA’s Executive Board and has served as PYA’s vice president for the past two years. This past month he was re-elected to a second two-year term.

Steve grew up in Glen Cove, and was an outstanding athlete at Glen Cove High School. At Glen Cove, he played baseball and football for three years and club ice hockey for four years. Steve then moved on to Pennsylvania Military Academy, where he continued to excel in athletics. Steve played varsity hockey for four years and varsity baseball for three years. Following his graduation, Steve continued to combine his passions for youth and athletics in various community service activities. He served as a Little League coach and a basketball coach along with being an active member of the Big Brothers of America. Steve also has been and remains active with the Boy Scouts of America (as a youth Steve received the distinction of being named an Eagle Scout — one of BSA’s highest honors). Steve also was a recipient of the American Legion Citizenship Award.

Outside of PYA, Steve is the owner of a local sprinkler company, Sprink-O-Matic. Steve also is an adjunct professor of environmental studies at the State University of New York. Steve completed active duty in the U.S. Air Force and remains a member of the Air National Guard. He is also president of the Willowdale Terrace Civic Association. Steve has lived in Port for 33 years, and is married to Ing-Britt, a Delta Flight attendant. Their son Karl recently completed his masters degree and is pursuing a career as an Air Traffic Controller.