Gershow Recycling sponsored and donated $2,000 to help defray the costs of putting on the fifth annual Play for Peace/Jugando Por La Paz Soccer Tournament, which was held August 10 at the Patchogue-Medford Youth Soccer Complex in Medford.
Approximately 500 spectators came to this free event. Twelve teams — eight men’s teams and four women’s teams — participated in the tournament. In the men’s division, PBA was the Division 1 Winner. PMCT (also known as the North Bellport Athletic Association Blasters) won Division 2, then went on to defeat PBA in the championship match. The winner in the Women’s Division was Port Jeff Sporting Goods.
The goals of Play For Peace were to bring together diverse nationalities within the community for a full day of World Cup-style soccer and to use sports as a way for people from different ethnic backgrounds to find common ground. This year’s tournament was organized by the office of Suffolk County Legislator Robert Calarco.
“Gershow Recycling is pleased again to support this year’s ‘Play for Peace.’ We salute former Legislator Eddington for establishing this event and Legislator Calarco for continuing it, as an effort to bring members of our diverse communities together and build understanding through sports,” said Gershow President Kevin Gershowitz.