Friday, 30 July 2010 00:00
The Long Island Junior Soccer League is pleased to announce that Conor Mercadante will be receiving a $1,000 Vincent Gubin Memorial Scholarship. The Garden City resident was honored at the LIJSL Scholarship Brunch on July 18 at the Huntington Hilton.
Conor is a recent graduate of Chaminade High School and will be attending Williams College. He volunteered as a soccer coach for developing players, was an intramural referee for the Garden City Centennials Soccer Club, news editor for Chaminade’s newspaper and a member of the National Honor Society. He served as Chaminade team captain his senior year and was a longtime player for the LIJSL’s Lynbrook/East Rockaway Soccer Club. Chaminade teacher Brian Anselmo stated, “Conor Mercadante is a fantastic student/athlete who excels in many different areas. He has one of the highest averages in the class, is a talented athlete with numerous extracurricular activities and exemplifies the concept of the Chaminade Man!”
The award’s namesake, Vincent Gubin, was born in Siberia in 1935 and played soccer from Poland to Austria as a youth while his family was trying to avoid the turmoil of World War II. He was so poor that he didn’t even own a pair of shoes until his arrival in the United States a few years later. Vincent became a beloved coach at St. John’s CYO in Bohemia until his passing in 2006.
The Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) was established in 1966 as a non-profit, educational organization and is one of the largest youth soccer leagues in the United States, with 98 member clubs representing approximately 70,000 players on Long Island and in Queens. The LIJSL is operated by volunteers committed to enabling young people to build character through soccer. The League’s mission is to foster the growth and development of youths under the age of 19, at all levels of competition, emphasizing fun, respect and team-building. As an umbrella organization, the League provides a coaching academy, clinics, tournaments, special competitions, scholarships and special programs for players of all abilities. For more information on the League, please visit http://www.lijsoccer.com/.