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The Petro team scores at supporting the Long Island Junior Soccer League!

As Long Island's winning team in providing the best of home heating oil and comfort services, we realize the value of teamwork and how it benefits our local community. That's why Petro has been a proud sponsor of the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) for a number of years. As an organization that encourages local youth to be active, fit, healthy and foster team spirit, we are always delighted to support and share the LIJSL's teams achievements both on and off the soccer pitch.

ai_161x145_LIJSLlogoThe biggest event in the LIJSL calendar is the annual convention and Petro was a major sponsor once again this year. Over the weekend of March 16th and 17th approximately 8,500 soccer coaches, players, parents, and fans attended the 31st annual LIJSL Convention in Melville. One of the largest and longest running events of its’ kind in the United States, the event featured numerous soccer-related activities and workshops, coaching courses, CPR and AED training, sportsmanship award presentations and a college forum for high school players. There was also an exhibition hall, which hosted autograph signings with many famous coaches and soccer players. Over the two days over 50 vendors also exhibited in the hall and Petro had a big presence with a booth, manned by Petro and LIJSL team members who interacted with the crowd, encouraged other young people to join the LIJSL, invited attendees to play fun games and gave away great prizes, including a free standby power generator to one lucky winner!

ai_201x135_lijsl-petro“This was a fabulous weekend for youth soccer on Long Island,” said LIJSL President Addie Mattei-Iaia. “It was exciting to see so many people in attendance. You could feel how eager our players and coaches are about getting back out on the field for the spring season. I must thank the league’s board of directors and volunteers for all their efforts in putting this event together, as well as the many sponsors and vendors who took part.”

Throughout the weekend hundreds of cleats, uniforms, and soccer balls were also donated and will be sent to Syrian refugee camps.

Thanks to all of the Petro team who helped out over the weekend. We wish the best of luck to all of the LIJSL teams in the 2013 season and look forward to our continued support of such an amazing local organization in the years to come.