IT ALL STARTED WITH A LETTER
St. Mary’s Church Carle Place Honors David Evans with its “Good Citizenship Award”
April 30, 2017. Each year St. Mary’s Church in Carle Place (“Pope’s Chapel”) looks to honor a citizen who has performed an extraordinary service for their community.
This year the church’s Raymond Parish/John Wasiewski Good Citizenship Award will be presented to David Evans the founder of the Carle Place Soccer Club. The award is named after two of the church’s most respected and prominent parishioners (both deceased) to recognize their many years of devotion to their community and involvement in its institutions, Evans made a positive difference in the lives of dozens of parents, grandparents, and children by providing them with the bonding experience of athletic team participation. The honoree will be given a plaque to hang on a wall of his home, and another permanent display plaque with his name on it as a lasting reminder of his service will be placed on a wall in the church. Others in the community who have been so honored are: John Heslin, Alphonso Piscatelli, Peggy Wilde, Lawrence Zaino and Donald Schaefer.
A reception for his family, friends, other award recipients and church parishioners will follow in the “The Ark” (the church’s parish hall). The church selection committee was impressed by David Evans’s lifetime of achievement, turning a good deed for a neighbor into a commitment to a sport he, at first, knew nothing about.
It all began 1978 when a family with 3 sons on his block asked Dave Evans to write a letter to the Carle Place School to see if they could start a soccer club and obtain a field permit similar to Little League Baseball. Evans had no idea at the time how this simple accommodation for a neighbor’s wishes would lead to a raft of meetings, wheelings and dealings with the Carle Place school and Little Leaguers as well as a host of good families, but remarkably he found himself responsible for creating a team for a sport (in his own words) he “knew nothing about.” It took a year, but in 1979 the Carle Place Soccer League was formed. Evans, giving credit where it was due, went on to say, “It all came about thanks to the many volunteer parents and an energetic board consisting: of the Greenspan, Moramarco, Reynolds, Mayorga, and Pascarella families, including the coaches and Long Island Junior Soccer League.
The first sign ups were 100 boys & girls, and then, the team became a viable school sport where boys and girls went on to win several Division and County titles, Long Island championships and 1 boys team won a New York State Championship. Several of these student athletes won scholarships to attend college and play soccer.
Evans was President of Carle Place Soccer Club for 10 years before he was succeeded by John Phalen whose son Chuck, a very successful goalie for Carle Place, who played in College and coached
(2) Award Winner David Evans
Oceanside boys Varsity. Evans is particularly proud of his own son, one of the original 100 who played through high school, College and is now on the under 30 men’s team and now coaches his son and daughters In Huntington.
Originally from Mineola, Evans joined the US Navy 1958, and was discharged 1962. He served aboard the USS Rich DD- 820 for 3 yrs 6 months. After he was married in 1965 he moved to Carle Place. He is the father of 3 girls and 1 boy, and Grandfather to 11 children all living on Long Island, with one family living in Carle Place.
With financial assistance from the GI Bill he earned an Associates, Bachelors, and Masters degree. His first job was with County of Nassau as a laborer where he worked for 35 years advancing to the position of Director of Building Services. One of his achievements was transforming Mitchel field into Nassau Community College.
Don Schaefer, St. Mary’s Senior Warden said, “Dave Evans is just the kind of family centric successful organizer we are looking for to receive the award. Over the years many lives have been touched and enriched by his generosity of spirit and quiet self-effacing enthusiasm, he has certainly earned this year’s Good Citizenship Award. We hope this recognition will inspire others to have similar “ripple effect” success stories to bring to public attention in the future.”
In addition to the Good Citizenship Award St. Mary’s Church, sponsors several community outreach activities: It is the home of an award-winning STEM team, The Robo Frogs; it has a regular “multi-age” Sunday school; it hosts “Movie and Pasta nights” and it conducts Yoga classes. Fr. Peter Lai, Celebrant in Residence along with the congregation invite those of all denominations to join us on Sunday April 30th at the church at “Frog Hollow” for 10:00 AM Awards service and following reception. Located at the corners of Rushmore and Glen Cove, St Mary’s is a Carle Place “landmark.”
Photo: Teams and Alumni
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