August 8th, 2019 -- The St Kitts and Nevis Graduates' Soccer Club is committed to be a leader in sports, by providing many opportunities for the development of young athletes from the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis in the diaspora for many years. The event will be held under the distinguished patronage of the Honorable Selwyn S.C. Walters. The theme of the event is “Working Together for A Brighter Future”.
The St Kitts and Nevis Graduates' Soccer Club was founded in 1980 by several former National & First Division players who had migrated to the United States of America and settled in the Tri State area. The founding members retained their insatiable passion for the sport of soccer, and therefore were determined to build an organization principally intended to support and facilitate their love of the game.
In support of this, the organization's main goal was to create a network of support for Kittitian and Nevisian expats, desirous of continuing to play soccer. The Graduates played their first game against the WLIB Hotshots, which they won handsomely, 3 goals to 1.
Since then the Club has become a regular participant in both the Central Brooklyn Soccer League and the Caribbean Cup Tournament, thereby allowing the Graduates to remain competitive on the soccer field. Participating in the competitions has resulted in the Club extending its support to young soccer players both in the New York area and back home in St. Kitts-Nevis.
The St Kitts and Nevis' Graduates Soccer Club's continued participation in such competitions; its ever expanding presence in the community- and growing desire to invest in the youth of St Kitts and Nevis have afforded the forging of numerous mutually beneficial relationships with individuals and organizations in the Federation as well as, the NY Tri-State area.
Relationships with the Department of Sport and Ministry of Tourism on St Kitts, as well as that established with the St. Kitts Nevis National Football Association (SKNFA), have been vital in selecting and providing assistance to young soccer players who play with the team here in New York during the summer.
As the Club seeks to provide exposure to local players, many of whom are interested in continuing their education; it has been able to facilitate the exposure of several players to college coaches, as part of The Graduates' summer team, or through contacts with local college coaches.
2005 saw the birth of our Annual Awards Presentation & Banquet, during which the Club selects deserving nationals to be honored for their distinguished service to the Nation. Several Nationals who have distinguished themselves in such disciplines as Tourism Development, Athletics, Soccer, American Football, Arts and Culture, Law and Politics have all been duly recognized for their sterling contributions to Nation building. It is the club's intention to find successful nationals and introduce them to the Kittitian and Nevisian community, so they too can serve as role models for our young people who are in search of a path to their future.
The Annual Awards Presentation and Banquet serves as the Club's main fundraising event during the year. The proceeds are used to provide support for the Club's various projects. Such support includes, but is not limited to, stipends for players on loan from the SKNFA during their participation in the Caribbean Cup Tournament and the Central Brooklyn Soccer League; travel expenses; and dues for participation in the League. Over the years the club has assisted soccer players and other athletes in a host of areas. Other fundraising events have included bus trips and raffles.
It is the Club's ultimate goal to be able to provide deserving students from St. Kitts-Nevis with scholarship assistance as they pursue their academic and educational development.
Sandy Point Benevolent Society (SPBS) is pleased to announce the St. Kitts and Nevis Graduates Soccer Club as one of our Honorees for the upcoming Gala, August 31, 2019, at Maestros Banquet in the Bronx, NY.
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