Scores of Rockville Centre Soccer Club alumni who were thankful that Peter Bralower coached them as kids came to the Dean Skelos Sports Complex on Thanksgiving weekend to play in an alumni game and be part of the dedication of Peter Bralower Soccer Field.
Bralower was one of the original volunteers of the Rockville Centre Soccer Club at its founding in 1971 and club president for 10 years. The NSCAA national coach brought cutting-edge programs to the Rockville Centre club, which continue to this day in an effort to develop the players’ skill levels and make generations embrace the world’s game.
The players Bralower coached have helped the South Side High School girls win an amazing 17 state championships.
Bralower initiated the player-give back program, Kids Teaching Kids, in which the older players teach the younger ones soccer skills and tactics, free-of-charge. It is one of the highlights of the summer for Rockville Centre’s players and is entering its 40th year.
The last Royals girls team that Bralower coached was a top Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) team. They won the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cup, the Kirkwood (Delaware) tournament, were WAGS finalists and competed in the Region 1 Premier League. Last summer, they completed a royal flush by winning a Long Island women’s soccer league championship for the fifth consecutive year.
The LIJSL Hall of Famer was also influential in bringing the TOPSoccer program for Special Children to the Rockville Centre Soccer Club.
The Peter Bralower Soccer Field is the south soccer/lacrosse field of the sports complex on Peninsula Boulevard.
The above was written by Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations for the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association.