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Mike Stamatinos, Terrie Magro, David Musinski, John Stamatinos, Andrew Visconti, and Bryan Alcantara. (Photo by Ed Shin)

Mastermind Unit (MMU), a Hicksville nonprofit organization, presented its annual Soccer For A Cause benefiting the Michael Magro Foundation (MMF) after a year off due to Covid.

The tournament was held on Aug. 7 at Kevin T. Kolm Memorial Park in Hicksville. The sun was shining as dedicated volunteers started to arrive to check in the teams. Excitement was high, and the eight teams were enthusiastic and happy to be back playing in the annual tournament.

MMU has partnered with MMF for the past 10 years helping to raise awareness and funds to help support families of children diagnosed with cancer. Brian Horvath, an MMF board member, is also a founding member of MMU, along with Michael Stamatinos, Dave Musinki, Andrew Visconti, and Bryan Alcantara.

The event’s platinum sponsor was Vournournou Construction Management Group. MMF members would also like to thank Sysco Long Island, Geoff Cohen for DJ entertainment, photographer Ed Shin, Hicksville Fire Department for having an EMT on site, the referees, and all the teams.

This year’s championship team was New Paltz, and the second place team was Mouna. The event raised more than $28,000 for the Michael Magro Foundation, 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 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.

For more information, please visit our website michaelmagrofoundation.com.

—Terrie Magro

Soccer For A Cause benefiting the Michael Magro Foundation. (Photo by Ed Shin)
David Musinski and Terrie Magro. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Mike Stamatinos and Terrie Magro. (Photo by Ed Shin)
East Meadow Falcons Soccer Club. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Schaefer Alemania Soccer Club. (Photo by Ed Shin)
New Paltz Soccer Club. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Geoff Cohen. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Soccer for a Cause benefiting the Michael Magro Foundation. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Soccer for a Cause benefiting the Michael Magro Foundation. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Andrew Visconte Nicole Almeida, Melanie Bucholtz, Barbara Shields, Artie Papatrefon, Brian Horvath, Terrie Magro, Michael Stamatinos, and Bryan Alcantara. (Photo by Ed Shin)

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