Families and friends lined the streets as Glen Cove Junior Soccer players marched in their annual season-opening parade on Saturday, Sept. 21.
Over 400 children were in attendance with their proud parents carrying cameras in hand to snap photos of their young players as they passed by.
Team members donned their uniforms, carrying sponsor banners, all local Glen Cove and area businesses. They marched from the Middle School through the downtown and on to John Maccarone Memorial Stadium for the opening day ceremonies.
Ken Pilla gave opening remarks as master of ceremonies where he recognized his the league board and Marco Mallusa, founder of the soccer league 44 years ago. He all of the families of the players for their continued support as he announced his President of the League where he served since 2007 and member of the Board of Directors for the past twelve years.
The Glen Cove Junior Soccer League also offered its sincere thanks to Parks and Recreation Director, Darcy Belyea and all of the grounds crew, in particular, Terry Dailey, Department of Parks and Recreation Supervisor.
After the opening remarks, Mayor Ralph Suozzi presented both Ken Pilla and Terry Dailey with citations. Mayor Suozzi thanked Ken Pilla for volunteering and serving as a role model for the youth of our community and Terry Dailey for his commitment and hard work in making sure the fields are in perfect playing condition for all games.
The start of the season was marked by Terry Dailey’s 5 year old nephew, Aiden Van Ommeren, as he “kicked” off the first goal and Mayor Suozzi played role of goalie. The day concluded in a series of games played by each division.