OPENING DAY! North Rockland Youth Soccer Season Kicks Off

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STORY AND PHOTOS BY TOM WALSH

Hundreds of North Rockland residents gathered at the Nardi Soccer Complex in Thiells last Saturday to kick-off the North Rockland Soccer Association’s 2017-2018 season.

Children of all ages took advantage of the sunny skies and sprawling facilities to enjoy a day filled with all things soccer, along with music, refreshments and raffles. Local politicians were also on hand to show their support for the NRSA. Town of Haverstraw Supervisor Howard Phillips presented the NRSA with a check for $1,000 on behalf of the town board.

“We want to invest in our children,” Phillips said. “Everyone working together; that’s what builds a community.”

County Executive Ed Day applauded the community’s dedication to youth programs like the NRSA, which he noted is thriving after decades in operation. “As much as government wants to help, the real strength is out here,” Day said, gesturing to the crowd.

The NRSA was founded in 1978 by the late Elvio Nardi and his wife Fran. To learn more about NRSA visit www.NRSA.org