Alan Beck Memorial Soccer Tourney

4/19/2010 Update:

Helping families in need

Yesterday was a beautiful crisp spring day for the Alan Beck Memorial Soccer Tournament held at the Hoboken High School’s JFK field.

Big hat tip to the Soccer Learning Center and Hoboken Police Department for organizing it. All in all, they raised over $3,200 to help the HPD families currently dealing with cancer of a loved one. I was hoping to see the stands filled with people from the mile-square city of 50,000 residents. Perhaps between now and the next tournament, we can learn to appreciate the value of a strong, united community and show more support.

Read about how this tournament came to be after the jump…


A great example of how Hoboken comes together as a community. This Sunday April 18th starting at 9:45am, over at the Hoboken High School field (Jefferson Street between 9th and 10th).

Alan Beck Memorial Soccer Tournament Hoboken NJ April 18 2010 - Alan Beck Memorial Soccer Tourney

Coach Alex Lalaoui from the Soccer Learning Center in Jersey City (who’s hosting the event along with HPD) – sends along the following message:

Lt. Alan Beck Memorial Soccer Tournament this Sunday

Imagine being told your wife, your sister, or your niece had cancer. You work full time, and now you’ve taken on the extra job of a caregiver to someone with a life-threatening illness, too. It’s a tough job – and the medical bills and related expenses can add up way too fast.

The heart-breaking scenario above is happening to THREE families from the Hoboken Police Department:

  • Stacie Mullins – Wife of Hoboken Detective Mark Mullins
  • Tania Roberts – Niece of Hoboken Lt. Kevin Cruz ans Sgt. Edgardo Cruz
  • Maritza Rivera – Sister of Hoboken Civilian Dispatcher Eduardo Rivera

These three women are all bravely fighting cancer… and they need your help.

Come join the hosts – The Soccer Learning Center and the Hoboken Police Department – on SUNDAY, APRIL 18th at the Hoboken High School Stadium, 921 Jefferson Street in Hoboken, New Jersey for the Lieutenant Alan Beck Memorial Soccer Tournament. For those of you that knew Lt. Beck from the Hoboken P.D., he lost his battle to brain cancer in 2008.

We’ll be joined with teams representing local law enforcement and first responders from the Hoboken Police Department, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department, the Port Authority Police Department, the Hudson County Corrections Center, the Jersey City Police Department and the Jersey City Fire Department who will all be enjoying a great day of soccer tournament action.

Our family-friendly event includes food, fun and the chance to win big cash at our 50/50 drawing, too! Kickoff is scheduled for 9:45am – and entry to watch the tournament is FREE. Can’t make it on the 18th? You can still help by forwarding this email to friends, mentioning the event on your social networking sites, donating an item to our prize drawing, or simply forwarding this Hoboken411 link along!

If you have questions, you can either call Coach Alex Lalaoui (Soccer Learning Center) at 201-920-8523 or Hoboken Police Officer Vito Gigante at 201-420-2100.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 6:25 pm

I understand these local families are really in need – two of the women have very young children, too. It’s a sad situation, but hopefully the community will rally behind these folks.

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