Feb. 17, 2009
MARTY GLICKMAN AWARD
Averbuch, Grendi honored by Jewish Hall
A pair of college soccer players, Yael Averbuch and Alex Grendi, have been named the Marty Glickman outstanding Jewish athletes of the year by the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
They will be honored during Hall of Fame ceremonies at the Suffolk Y JCC on Sunday, April 26.
Averbuch, a Division I All-American and midfielder at the University of North Carolina, was picked by Sky Blue FC in the first Women Professional Soccer college draft last month.
The 22-year-old Averbuch, an Upper Montclair, N.J. native who wanted to play pro soccer near her home, got her wish, getting an opportunity to play with Sky Blue.
Grendi, a midfielder who played at the University of Pennsylvania, was selected by the Columbus Crew in last month's MLS SuperDraft.
Grendi, a Cold Spring Harbor, L.I. who played his youth soccer for B.W. Gottschee and the Albertson Red Storm Clash, played for the Long Island Rough Riders in the Premier Development Soccer League last summer. He was named a BigAppleSoccer.com player of the week.
Prior to the recent MLS combine, Grendi trained with a former Penn teammate -- Red Bulls goalkeeper Danny Cepero, another Long Island (Baldwin) native. They're good friends.
For more information about the Hall, visit www.jewishsports.org.