Play for Peace Soccer Tournament
The Play for Peace Soccer Tournament was first organized in 2009 through the office of then-Legis. Jack Eddington, in conjunction with the Patchogue-Medford Youth Soccer League, as a response to the Marcelo Lucero tragedy in 2008. Legis. Calarco (D-Patchogue), who had been Eddington’s chief of staff, carried on the tradition of presenting the tournament after he was elected in 2011. Since then, the tournament has become a tradition celebrating diversity and promoting tolerance through the love of sports.
It’s had several supporters, including Gershow Recycling who have sponsored the event every year. All proceeds from the event last year were donated to Long Island Head Start’s scholarship program.