The Staples soccer season ended in November. But the honors continue for 2 soon-to-graduate seniors.
Greg Shikowitz was awarded 2 prizes this month: the $5,000 Coleman Brothers Foundation Award and the $3,000 Albie Loeffler Scholarship. The take-no-prisoners defender — voted Most Valuable Player Block “S” winner by his teammates last fall — will attend Marist College.
Joe Greenwald received the $5,000 Dan Woog Award. He was the coaches’ choice for Block “S” as Most Improved Player this year. The hard-driving co-captain heads to the University of Connecticut.
The Coleman Brothers award honors former Staples and Colgate University soccer player Scott Coleman and his brother Keith, a Staples wrestler. Both were killed in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The Coleman Brothers Foundation — funded through donations, and the Westport Soccer Association WIN tournament — provides educational support to young men and women who “share the interests and values that made Scott and Keith Coleman such fine young men.” In awarding the scholarship, former Staples captain Todd Coleman ’84 noted that Greg’s spirit made him “the heart and soul” of last fall’s squad.
The Loeffler Scholarship – named in honor of the founder of the Staples soccer program – goes to a senior who has demonstrated the qualities that Mr. Loeffler embodied: academic excellence and integrity; athletic skill and contributions, and strong family values. Awardees must have played at least 1 year at the varsity level in one of the sports Mr. Loeffler coached: soccer, basketball, baseball (or softball), and track. Funds come from the annual December indoor tournament, and contributions.
The Dan Woog Award — established by the Gudis Family Foundation and Top of the Hill Team booster club — is given to a current high school senior or college student who has given back to Staples boys soccer with the same dedication and enthusiasm that the Wrecker head coach has exhibited to Staples for decades. A letter accompanying the award cited Joe’s dedication to self-improvement, and his community outreach that extended to Newtown in the weeks following the Sandy Hook shootings.
Congratulations, Greg and Joe — shining examples of Staples soccer, on and off the field!