Terryville Juventus Making Impact On & Off Field
February 10, 2015 | by Ken Ilchuk
The BU11 Terryville Juventus had their hands full this past fall. On the field, they were extremely competitive in a very tough Suffolk Division I. Off the field, they also had a tremendous impact on their community; a community that has taken notice.
“The Terryville Soccer Club is very fortunate to have Juventus as part of our program,” said club president Cora Fitzgerald. “They are a shining example of what can be accomplished both on and off of the soccer fields.”
In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, the entire team took the "15 Can Challenge." Each boy on the team was challenged to collect at least 15 cans (or boxes) of non-perishable food items which they would deliver to the local food pantry in Port Jefferson. The boys all completed the challenge and on November 23rd, the boys and their families delivered their donations to the pantry. The boys were treated to a tour of the pantry, and it was explained to them that their donations would help feed 114 families for the holiday season.
This fall, each of the boys also signed up to ‘coach’ at least one game with the club’s TOPSoccer program. The boys loved it so much that most of them went multiple times. The players at TOPS were so appreciative of the help. It only took one hour, but it made a great impact in the lives of those kids.
The team also took part in the Clean Up the Town of Brookhaven day last spring. They volunteered their time, picking up litter on the club’s soccer fields. They plan to attend again this year, and they have even inspired other teams to take part as well. The Terryville Hearts have offered to help them out this spring.