Cougar Kickers Clean Up Chyzowych

A bright, clear — but cold — Saturday brought the Cougar Soccer Club out to beautify a local field.


More than 65 volunteers showed up at Chyzowych Field, with rakes, shovels and garbage bags Saturday, March 10 to give the field some much need attention — and get the field ready for the spring soccer season. 

Cougar Soccer Club players and parents alongside local Brownies and Girl Scouts helped to clean up the trash around the field, in the parking lot and on the pitch. Lead volunteer Brian Callahan reached out to the local troop looking to fulfill a community service project. Cougar Soccer Club president JJ Joseph was happy to have the extra help. 

More than a dozen soccer teams including the High School teams will use Chyzowych for practice and games beginning at the end of the month. 

“We couldn’t have done this without the help of South Orange DPW and South Orange Recreation Director Kate Schmidt’s tireless effort and assistance,” said Joseph. 

The idea of a joint day of cooperation started before year end when Cougar Soccer Club board member and boys coach Derek Romanaux met with South Orange Village Trustee Nancy Gould. Both agreed the best way to tackle the field conditions was to enlist the volunteers and the township side by side.  Romanaux said he was pleased with the turnout and that this will be a seasonal event going forward that will include other fields in both South Orange and Maplewood.   

After about 2-½ hours, a couple of dozen donuts and some hot coffee and cocoa, the field and surrounding area looked great. Now if they could just get some grass to grow…..

Walter Clarke March 13, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Just want to add that the scouts (Brownie Troop 20718 and Daisy Troop 20345) were led by Sherina Larrier. Big Thanks to her for helping coordinate all our efforts.
JPE March 13, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Great job, everybody. I am down at the field daily and I was so happy to see the results of your efforts on Sunday morning. Thanks!!
Camilla Zelevansky March 23, 2012 at 10:04 PM
What a terrific community effort! Thank you, thank you! I wish I had know about the clean up, I would have joined you. Much more work to be done... Any chance this could be a regular event?


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