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From Tiny Acorns Mighty Oaks Can Grow


The Oceanside United Tournament Director, Neil Bloom, has been directing the Bob Schrager Memorial Long Island Cup for the past five years.

This year the tournament had a record number of teams register. Accepting 201 of them, the tournament had over 30 more teams play than they did in 2014. Every team got to play three games for a chance to win 1st or 2nd place in their bracket.

Getting the word out was very simple with the help of Long Island Junior Soccer League. “All it took was a phone call,” says Bloom about putting an ad up on the website.

Next year he wants to add more fields and locations. By adding more fields it would be possible to accept more teams since this year they had to turn 30 away. He is also planning for registration to be online for the 2016 tournament.

“My biggest goal is to grow the tournament without losing the quality,” says Bloom.

With the profits made, Lee Epstein said, “We set up scholarships for any high school player that has played with Oceanside United Soccer Club for at least one year. We also help pay for players with hardships.”

So from a tiny acorn that began 22 years ago the tournament is now a mighty oak that has grown every year.

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