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Gottschee Soccer Staying Connected

Blau Weiss Forming Alum Network

The Queens-based Blau Weiss Gottschee is looking to establish contact with players who have played for the club from 1951 to the present.

Last fall, the BW Gottschee soccer club celebrated its 60th anniversary as one of New York City’s premier amateur soccer clubs.

One of the first 11 clubs across the country selected for the U.S. Soccer Federation’s “Soccer Development Academy Program,” Gottschee has won over 50 New York State Championship titles, the U.S. National title and developed U.S. national team and international players, while maintaining a 100-percent high school graduation rate and a consistent college scholarship rate to schools such as Columbia, St. John’s, Boston University, DePaul, Penn State and Boston University.

Its national development Academy, although amateur, is now sponsored by the new New York Cosmos organization as the Cosmos Academy, and competes with professional organizations such as the Red Bulls.

The team was formed in Ridgewood in 1951 by a group of émigrés and refugees from the aftermath of war torn Europe.

Over the years, former BWG players have formed informal networks to keep in touch with each other. But the club has not had a formal alumni network until now.

As BW Gottschee looks to sustain its many unique youth programs, the club hopes to create a vibrant alumni community to strengthen the club institutionally, solidify the club’s institutional memory, and offer a forum to reunite players.

Alumni or their families are encouraged and invited to contact the club at bwgalumni@gmail.com.

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