St. John's Joins Local Men's Soccer Programs To Host Inaugural NYC Soccer Gala :: Event to celebrate New York City soccer will be held on Feb. 7 at New York Athletic Club. St. John's Joins Local Men's Soccer Programs To Host Inaugural NYC Soccer Gala

Dec. 19, 2012

QUEENS, N.Y. - The St. John's men's soccer program has joined forces with Fordham, LIU Brooklyn, Manhattan and St. Francis to host the Inaugural NYC Soccer Gala to honor the past and present of New York City soccer and celebrate its great traditions. Formulated by a desire to highlight and show appreciation for the rich history of soccer in New York City and to those who have devoted their lives to enhancing the game, the inaugural event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 at the New York Athletic Club.

"The Gala is the result of a unique partnership formed to honor the truly great people in the sport of soccer with an event that is bigger than any individual school," said St. John's head coach Dr. Dave Masur. "The teamwork in organizing this inaugural event has been fantastic and we are all looking forward to a wonderful evening that celebrates New York City soccer."

While serving as a platform for those from all levels of the game to come together and celebrate, the Gala will also annually honor outstanding people from youth, amateur, collegiate and professional soccer for their dedication to the game and inspiration to our youth. Nominated by their peers, the inaugural class of honorees will include Jerome Belson, recipient of the Humanitarian Award, Sunil Gulati, Dieter Ficken, Arnold Ramirez, Frank Schnur and Carlo Tramontozzi.

Jerome Belson, St. John's
The Belson name has become synonymous with St. John's soccer since the construction of Belson Stadium, a state-of-the-art facility on the Queens campus that has served as the home field for both the men's and women's soccer programs since 2002 and was primarily funded by a $6 million gift from the Belson family. After becoming involved in real estate in 1952, Belson (`48L, '80HON) begin creating non-profit co-op housing developments throughout New York City and was overseeing 50,000 apartments by 2005. A chairman of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, a trustee of both the National Jewish Fund and Handicapped Boy Scouts, and a member of the Board of Directors for Disabled and Alone/Life Services for the Handicapped, Inc., Belson has served on the St. John's Board of Trustees for more than 20 years.

Sunil Gulati, U.S. Soccer Federation President
Gulati, the President of the U.S. Soccer Federation since 2006, has served in many roles within U.S. Soccer, including Executive Vice President, Managing Director of National Teams, Chairman of the International Games Committee and Chairman of the Technical Committee. A former Major League Soccer Deputy Commissioner, Gulati served on the Board of Directors for two FIFA Women's World Cups and currently serves on the FIFA Ticketing Subcommittee. An economics instructor at Columbia, Gulati is a member of the Board for the U.S. Soccer Foundation and the CONCACAF Executive Committee.

Dieter Ficken, Columbia
The 1983 National Coach of the Year, Ficken directed the Lions to 252 victories in 27 seasons and coached 10 All-Americans as well as 10 Ivy League Players of the Year. In a dominant span from 1979-85, Ficken led the Lions to a pair of NCAA Final Fours and seven-straight Ivy League championships. Ficken began his coaching career at his alma mater, LIU Brooklyn, and led the Blackbirds to a 32-9-7 record and three postseason berths in four seasons. As a player, Ficken led LIU Brooklyn to a pair of postseason appearances before playing professionally for Entracht S.C. in the German American Soccer League.

Arnold Ramirez, LIU Brooklyn
Ramirez coached LIU Brooklyn for 20 years from 1979-98, leading the Blackbirds to four NCAA Tournament appearances, four Metropolitan Conference championships, two New York Region championships, two ECAC Tournament appearances and one Northeast Conference regular season title. A three-time Metropolitan Conference Coach of the Year, Ramirez developed nine All-Americans. An All-City star as a player at George Washington High School, Ramirez went on to play at LIU and was a two-time team captain.

Frank Schnur, Fordham
The coach of the Rams for 34 seasons, Schnur led the program to five Tri-State Conference titles, three Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships, one NCAA Tournament appearance, the first in program-history, one Patriot League championship and one Atlantic 10 Conference crown. A three-time MAAC Coach of the Year, Schnur also earned Metropolitan, Patriot League and Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year honors in his career. Schnur led the Rams to 15 winning seasons, including nine straight from 1979-87.

Carlo Tramontozzi, St. Francis
Tramontozzi founded the men's soccer program at St. Francis and then coached the squad to a 190-110-32 record as well as six NCAA Tournament appearances in his tenure. A two-time New York Metropolitan Coach of the Year, Tramontozzi also earned one East Regional Coach of the Year honor and is a member of the St. Francis College Hall of Fame. In three seasons as a player at LIU Brooklyn, Tramontozzi scored 46 goals and led the Blackbirds to three Metropolitan Championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances.

The event begins with a 6 p.m. cocktail hour and is followed by a 7 p.m. dinner and program of events. Tickets are priced at $200 per person, while a 10-person table can be reserved for $1,900. For more information or to RSVP, contact Elizabeth Austin ('08 TCB, '10 MBA) at 718-990-2548 or The deadline to RSVP is Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. Austin can also be contacted for a variety of available sponsorship opportunities beginning at just $50.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Naming Partner: $25,000
Includes two tables, two full page journal ads, website promotion and sponsorship signage throughout event

Event Sponsor: $15,000
Includes one table, one full page journal ad, website promotion and sponsorship signage throughout event

Dinner Sponsor: $10,000
Includes one table, one half page journal ad, website promotion and sponsorship signage during dinner

Cocktail Hour Sponsor: $5,000
Includes full page journal ad and sponsorship signage during cocktail hour

Cordial and Dessert Hour Sponsor: $3,000
Includes half page journal ad and sponsorship signage during cordial and dessert hour

Website Sponsor: $2,000
Includes half page journal ad and website promotion

Gala Supporter: $1,000
Includes half page journal ad and website promotion

Journal Sponsorships
Full page ad: $150
Half page ad: $80
Quarter page ad: $50

Visit the official website of the Inaugural NYC Soccer Gala for more information on the event, member schools and honorees.