Soccer For A Cause Scores For The Michael Magro Foundation


More than $28,000 raised for nonprofit children’s cancer organization

From left: Andrew Visconte, Nicole Almeida, Melanie Bucholtz, Barbara Shields, Artie Papatrefon, Brian Horvath, Terrie Magro, Michael Stamatinos and Bryan Alcantara (Photo courtesy of Terrie Magro)

Mastermind Unit (MMU) presented its annual Soccer for a Cause benefiting the Michael Magro Foundation (MMF) after a year off due to COVID-19. The tournament was held on Saturday Aug. 7, at Cpl. Kevin T. Kolm Memorial Park in Hicksville. The sun was shining as all the event’s dedicated volunteers started to arrive to check in the teams.

Excitement was high and the squads this year were very enthusiastic and happy to be back playing in this annual tournament. This year, the tournament featured eight teams and significant donations from far and wide.
MMU has partnered with MMF for the past 10 years in helping raise awareness and funds to help support families of children diagnosed with cancer. Brian Horvath a MMF board member, is also a founding member of MMU along with Michael Stamatinos, Dave Musinki, Andrew Visconti and Bryan Alcantara.

2021 Soccer for a Cause champions New Paltz
(Photo courtesy of Terrie Magro)

MMF also gives a special shout out to Platinum Sponsor A Vournournou Construction Management Group. A big thank you to Sysco Long Island, Geoff Cohen for DJ entertainment, photographer Ed Shin for capturing so many active shots, Hicksville Fire Department for always having an EMT on site and the referees who join in the tournament each year.
This year’s championship team was New Paltz and the second place team was Mouna. Thank you to all the participating teams. Their efforts and the work of all involved raised more than $28,000 for the Michael Magro Foundation.

Michael Magro Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by Paul and Terrie Magro to honor the life of their son Michael, who passed away from leukemia at the age of 13. The foundation works with the Cancer Center for Kids at NYU Langone Health Long Island, Stony Brook Children’s Cancer Division, Cohen Children’s Hospital and other pediatric specialties where treatment of chronic diseases is ongoing, as well as with the Golisano Children’s Hospital in Southwest Florida.

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—Submitted by Terrie Magro

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