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Upper 90 of Hicksville placed second in the tournament, but everybody was a winner.
Upper 90 of Hicksville placed second in the tournament, but everybody was a winner.

Soccer tourney benefits Magro Foundation

On Saturday, August 6, Kevin Kolm Field in Hicksville was abuzz with soccer players as the Mastermind Unit (MMU) presented its annual 7v7 Soccer Tournament, which benefitted the Michael Magro Foundation for the sixth year in a row. The “Soccer for a Cause” event raised over $7,400 for the foundation.

Sixteen soccer teams from the tri-state area participated, and according to Paul Magro, president of the Michael Magro Foundation, the event was a rousing success. Shaefer Alemania defended its title , while the Upper 90 Team from Hicksville was runner-up. Tunes were spun by DJ Dean of Ultimate Sound Entertainment, who donated his services this year, and all of the food was prepared by chef Paul Magro. Volunteers were on hand to assist with the event, which had a spectacular turnout.

Sponsors for this year’s event included Mission Nutrition of Hicksville and Peak Performance Physical Therapy of Wantagh. Terrie Magro, VP of the foundation, said of the sponsors, “Their support is fantastic. Anthony, of Mission Nutrition, told me again how much he believes in this cause. Any time I’ve ever asked them for a raffle basket, they donate without question. Year after year, Peak Performance PT has entered a team into the soccer tournament. They’ve also supplied education for anyone who has stopped at their table.”

The Hicksville Fire Department was also on hand for emergencies and medical care. Steve Smith, EMT, who is also a huge soccer fan, has represented HFD yearly for the soccer tourney. Terrie has expressed gratitude to all of the volunteers, and credits the success of her events to those who have unselfishly donated their time and efforts.

MagroSoccer_81716_AOne of the highlights of the game was the presence, for the second year in a row, of a representative of the New York Cosmos. This year, the team brought centerback No. 6 Roversio Rodrigues de Barros, who stayed for an hour to sign autographs, hats and the team’s spring season books.

According to Terrie, “Roversio was incredibly gracious. He took pictures with whoever asked, in addition to signing. I asked him to sign the book of a Winthrop Hospital patient who is a soccer enthusiast. He was thrilled to sign the book for Alex, who attends Hicksville Middle School. At the beginning of soccer season, the Cosmos also donated some signed articles and a variety of other items that I delivered to Alex in the hospital. Roversio sends his well wishes to our soccer player at the Middle School.”

The Magros wish to offer a huge thank you to all who attended and participated in the event, singling out Michael Stamatinos and Brian Horvath, co-founders of the Mastermind Unit, and to all involved in MMU for helping to make this event a success.

According to Michael Stamatinos, “Coming back home every year and working together with friends to make this tournament happen is something I’m proud of. Donating our time and talent to such a special cause gives me a feeling that is indescribable. Being able to do it with lifelong friends is even more meaningful.”

MMU helps individuals lead and organize successful charity events. It was founded by three childhood friends from Long Island. As avid soccer players, they have hosted sports tournaments as charity events. They are available to help future leaders brainstorm charitable events. Individuals can learn to become a frontrunner through helping with scheduled events or training to run new ones. For more information, visit, or email Michael at

Next up for the Michael Magro Foundation is the annual Evening of Tasting and Giving, which will be held on October 17 at the Carltun at Eisenhower Park. Tickets, sponsorships and journal ads are all available on the foundation’s website at

The mission of the Michael Magro Foundataion is to better the lives of children with cancer, chronic pediatric illnesses, and pediatric cancer survivors by assisting their families in meeting the complex issues of care. Visit

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