HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - It was an ideal fall day for the Hasbrouck Heights Soccer Association’s Soccer Swarm at Woodland Park on Saturday. Sunny skies greeted the players, coaches, parents, and siblings in the annual season-opening event.

This year the league hosted a brief opening day ceremony, lead by president Mike Karcic. He thanked the Mayor and Council, Board of Education, Dr. Matthew Helfant, Superintendent, for adding more lines to Hitchcock and Depken Fields, and providing more playing time at those locations. He thanked the 70-plus coaches, team moms and parents who coordinated the upcoming Parents Night Out.  He thanked the past presidents of the league, Phil Artuso, Steven Reyngoudt, and Steve Manis, for helping grow the program over the years.

He also recognized the referees at the first game, Paige McGuire and Alessandro Ciminata, who both came through the HHSA program, and currently play for Hasbrouck Heights High School.

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In another new addition to the opening day, five youth players participated in a kick off to members of the Mayor and Council.

Nearly 200 players from kindergarten through second grade on co-ed teams played games throughout the day. The festivities also included  inflatables, food, entertainment and spirit wear tables.

Hasbrouck Heights Soccer Association is a volunteer-run organization dedicated to teaching children the game of soccer, sportsmanship, and teamwork. It offers recreational and travel programs for 441 players from pre-k to eighth grade. This year the league has 31 rec teams and 12 travel teams.

 

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