The First Annual Play For Peace (Jugando Para Paz) Soccer Tournament took place on Aug. 1st. at the P-M Youth Soccer League Fields on Sipp Avenue in Medford. The event was held to find a way to bridge the cultural divide that exists within the community. The full day event brought together many different nationalities to play soccer in a world cup style event for adults. There was entertainment for the entire family including rides and face painting for small children. County Legislator Jack Eddington's office was instrumental in organizing sponsors for the crowd of almost 1,000. PMCT was a sponsor for the tournament.
This event grew out of a team of seven students from Patchogue-Medford High School that earlier in the year had organized a soccer tournament in the high school gym to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. That game was such a success that a plaque has been displayed in the PMHS lobby to honor these boys and their contribution to Make-A-Wish as well as their attempts to bring together the diverse community in Pat-Med. Due to the success of this tournament, the idea for the Play for Peace Tournament came about. Retired PMHS teacher, Dr. Gail Shafer, and PMHS Science Teacher, Fran Koscicky, were instrumental in working with the students for the original tournament and also participated in the Play For Peace event.