(June 29, 2013) – A stunning 4-3 victory for the 2013 graduates in the first Graduates vs. Alumni game was among the festivities that brought to an end South Bronx United’s 2012-2013 year, our most accomplished year both on and off the soccer field.
In the morning match, the Alumni (including college students and two college graduates) took a 2-0 lead into halftime off goals from Jeff Asare (2011) and Christstely Mboungou (2011). The Graduates recovered to tie the game 3-3 off goals from Ousmane Sillah, Kafoumba Doumbia, and Reindorf Kyei. Omar Alkasimi (2012) added a goal for the Alumni. Then, in the waning seconds of the game, Kyei broke away to beat goalkeeper Leudy Veras for the game-winner.
The highlight of the game, however, was the presentation of the 2013 South Bronx United College Scholarship. A total of $4,000 was awarded to help four seniors cover college expenses. Julian Atanga (SUNY Geneseo) and Henry Adjei Kwarteng (Sage College of Albany) were named finalists. Kafoumba Doumbia (University of Maine at Farmington) and Elizabeth Cipriano (Mount Saint Mary College) were named semifinalists.
The game was followed by the end of year awards ceremony and picnic for SBU’s travel soccer and youth development program at Mill Pond Park. First honored were the graduates for SBU’s largest senior class to date. In addition to Julian, Henry, Kafoumba, and Elizabeth, the graduates are: Walid Al-Barati (Fulton Montgomery CC), Samuel Amaning (College of Staten Island), Philemon Appiah (Morrisville State), Benjamin Asmah (Hostos CC), Youssef Ballo (undecided), Jesus Bautista (City College of NY), Christian Castro (undecided), Mingoro Fanny (City College of NY), Antonio Flores (City College of NY), Reindorf Kyei (undecided), Guadalupe Madrid (undecided), Te’Shawn Merritt (undecided), Youssef Naciri (Temple University), Oumar Soumahoro (Alfred University), Shemar Thomas (NYC College of Technology), Ghirbran Toxqui (BMCC), Yeni Valle (undecided), and Christopher Zamora (NYC College of Technology).
Recognition was given to Bakary Coulibaly and Antonio Flores (U15 Boys) for embodying the South Bronx United mission through the Club Spirit award. In addition, the following individuals for outstanding achievements in 2012-2013:
Scholar Athletes: Oumar Soumahoro, Kristen Rosado, Michael Oyenuga, Alassane Sako, Chelsea Quito, Alan Perez, and Khalifa Kenneh.
MVPs: Reindorf Kyei, Mayra Bravo, Jamie McKoy, Ousman Ceesay, Kevin Flores, Alexis Osorio, Lissette Gomez Diaz, and Jordie Flores.
Outstanding Leadership: Te’Shawn Merrit, Guadalupe Madrid, Cesar Gonzalez, Jeffrey Cordova, George Navarez, Crystal Balvuena, and Williams Oussinou.
Rising Stars: Alpha Diallo, Guibel Marino, Sheku Conteh, Paul Oriaku, Kevin Camacho, Giselle Balvuena, and Sandou Cisse.
Golden Boot (Most Goals Scored): Julian Rodriguez, Elizabeth Cipriano, Jamie McKoy, Ibrahim Sangare, Bakary Bagayoko, Mildred Dominguez, and Aly Camara.
Honorable Mentions: Mingoro Papi Fanny, Destiny Christopher-James, Julian Atanga, Jallah Konneh, Alex Panin, Elda Flores, and Mohamed Kourouma.
SBU travel teams also received more accolades than ever before, highlighted by a CJSL U15 Boys A Division Championship by the SBU 97 Strikers. The SBU 93 Sonics and SBU 95 Blue Devils finished 2nd in the CJSL U19 and U17 Boys A Divisions respectively. The SBU 00 la Furia Azul also captured the 2013 City Cup for U12 Boys. The SBU Shooting Stars completed their first year having moved up in the Westchester Youth Soccer League from U14 Girls Division 5 to Division 4. SBU 98 Boys also completed their first year and, despite a rough Spring in the U14A division, can celebrate a 8-0-0 record in the Fall U14B division.
However, 2012-2013 will most be remembered for the continued growth off the field by the 130 youth who make up the SBU Youth Development Program. Thanks to an after school tutoring program, college prep events, an SAT prep program, leadership and mentoring events, and the Summer Soccer Scholars program, South Bronx youth continued to grow as individuals in only the fourth year of the organization.