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Soccer Partnership Thriving

Youth Soccer on Long Island has changed dramatically during the past five years.  The formation of new leagues and programs has provided parents and their young soccer stars with a variety of options designed to serve all levels of skill and interest.  The Mineola Athletic Association’s (MAA) Soccer program has kept pace with these changes with the introduction three years ago of its development program and one year later of its soccer tots division.

 

The relationship between MAA Soccer and its training partner, Empire Soccer Academy (ESA), have fostered many of these changes.  Peter Hulse and Michael Todd founded ESA and employ trainers with diverse soccer backgrounds (including former Manchester United and Liverpool club players and several trainers who have represented their countries’ respective national teams).

 

ESA’s trainers share a common love for teaching the game and providing young children with an opportunity to learn the game in a fun and challenging environment.

 

“All of the guys are fully aware of their “role model” responsibilities and we look to hire the kind of person that you can see was born to teach and is great around children,” Hulse said.

 

ESA’s training philosophy includes a more cerebral approach than the typical training program. Hulse explains each ESA coach is mandated to “teach the kids the subtle nuances of the game” and ensure the young athletes are “constantly moving, touching the ball, thinking, problem-solving etc”

 

The group trains all MAA Soccer intramural and travel players. Hulse and the dedicated volunteers that help run the MAA Soccer program are constantly looking for ways to improve the program and the past few years have seen many positive changes.  He is especially pleased with the recent additions of the Development and Soccer Tots programs.

 

“The Developmental Program has been a great success and the Soccer Tots program is about to go from strength to strength as we recently partnered with another company who specializes in training our youngest age groups,” Hulse said. “This fall we will be running the Empire Kickstart Program which will do even more to make sure the children love coming to soccer practice.”

 

MAA Soccer offers programs beginning with children as young as 3 years of age (must be turning 4 during the current year).  As the organization has added and improved its programs, it has worked closely with ESA to ensure it remains a very valuable program (the programs cost between $70 and $150 per player, per season).

 

To learn more about or register for the MAA Soccer programs please visit us at www.mineolaaa.org.  Registration for the fall is ongoing but early-registration rates will apply only to July 31.

News

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.

As the night sky fell on Memorial Park last Thursday, Mineola residents and officials paused to remember the almost 3,000 lives that were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

 

Mayor Scott Strauss, a former NYPD EMS worker and 9/11 first responder, was one of the many who rushed into Manhattan after the attacks, searching the rubble for survivors. He was part of the rescue effort that saved the lives of Port Authority Police officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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