inaugural New York City Soccer Gala, hosted by St. John’s
University, celebrated some of the game’s most storied figures –
and generous benefactor Jerome Belson ’48L, ’80HON took home the
night’s most prestigious award.
“This is a great moment for me,” said Belson, who received the
Humanitarian Award for his philanthropic work and outstanding
contributions to collegiate soccer. “More importantly, though, I
believe we’ve put soccer on a higher level with the students at St.
John’s. We’ve brought the game out of the basement and to the
awareness of the general public – that there is such a thing as
Founded by New York City’s five Division I Men’s Soccer programs
(St. John’s, Fordham University, Long Island University, Brooklyn,
Manhattan College and St. Francis College), the gala welcomed
guests including alumni, friends and prestigious members of the
national soccer community.
“We’re excited that our St. John’s tradition can be part of
something bigger than ourselves,” said Dave Masur ’03Ed.D., St.
John’s Head Men’s Soccer Coach. “An event like this reminds us that
soccer is alive and well here, and that this city is truly the
heartbeat of United State soccer in every level and every