George Hoffman TopSoccer Special Children’s Memorial Scholarship
George Hoffman, a Long Island Junior Soccer League Hall of Fame member, served on the Long Island Junior Soccer League Board of Directors for decades before his untimely passing in 1997. George was much of the creative force behind the Long Island Junior Soccer League newspaper “Kick Off” and his Bits’n Pieces column could be controversial but it always made you think. George was active supporter of the TopSoccer Program and LIJSL sponsors two scholarships to youth volunteer coaches in his memory.
Matthew DiLuccio has been a volunteer with Rockville Centre TopSoccer Program for the past 4 years. His coach stated that Matt exhibits leadership, and sportsmanship in all his activities. The younger volunteers look up to him and the athletes admire him. He leads by example. Matt is talented, personable, caring and compassionate.
TopSoccer is only one of the many activities Matt has been involved in. Others are; Athletes helping athletes, Intergenerational Sharing Conference (spending time with seniors), Don’t Press Send Campaign (educate children to use technology responsibly), Towers to Tunnels Run to benefit a 9/11 foundation, volunteer with Rockville Centre basketball clinic, scorekeeper to St. Agnes CYO basketball, assistant coach of St. Agnes girl’s CYO basketball team and work at Special Olympics Floor Hockey Tournament at South Side H.S. He was involved with Operation Christmas Child by donating money, and shop and put together gifts for those in need. He sorted gifts at Bellmore Fire House and delivered to families in disadvantage neighborhoods, and Kickin’ It for the Rockaways where he helped run a soccer tournament to benefit Rockaway Soccer Club who lost everything as a result of storm Sandy.
Matt is a member of the National, New York State Science, Math and Spanish Honor Societies and the Bronze Award winner of the National Spanish Exam. He submitted research to the Intel Science Research Talent Search 2015 and received several awards for soccer and basketball.
Matt writes that he has become a friend and a mentor to the TopSoccer kids. He enjoys their big smiles and hugs as well as conversations about cars, video games, etc. “To know that I helped them is a special feeling.” The relationships he has built with the kids are so special to him and special to them as well. He says they all have learned from this friendship.
Matt is enrolled at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. Of course everyone at Rockville Centre will miss him very much.