XIOMARA ESMERALDA ARRIOLA, Garifuna President of The NY Soccer League, Presents It’s 2014 Soccer Awards on FRIDAY October 10th 2014

 

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Bronx, New York: The Bronx-based New York Soccer League, with its President, Garifuna Woman Xiomara Arriola handed out Awards to Soccer Teams and exceptional soccer players at their Annual Awards Gala on FRIDAY October 10th 2014.

By providing a recreational outlet for soccer enthusiasts, as well providing jobs and business opportunities for vendors at its games, the impact of this sports activity is noteworthy, especially considering that a Garifuna woman is at the center of this Amateur Soccer League.

Garifuna Woman Xiomara Esmeralda Arriola, President of NY Soccer League Inc.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Garifuna Woman Xiomara Esmeralda Arriola, President of NY Soccer League Inc. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Founded in 2009 by Xiomara Esmeralda Arriola, The Bronx-based NY Soccer League currently consists of a combined total of eighteen teams in its two divisions; a Youth Division (Ages 18 through 32) and a Veteran Division (ages 33 and up).  Each team has 20 players each and the Soccer Games are currently played at Ferry Point Park in the Bronx on the weekend afternoons.

2014 NY Soccer League Champions of Veterans Division, Bajamar.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

2014 NY Soccer League Champions of Veterans Division, Bajamar. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

The Youth Division consists of the soccer teams: Aguan, Armenia, Communication, Fatima Corozal, Gorayeb, Limon, Rio Esteban, Sambo, San Juan and Tornabe.

The Veteran Division consists of the soccer teams: Aguan, Bajamar, Belize Honduras, Catacamas, Kery Romero, Sambo, San Juan and Travesia.

Winners

YOUTH DIVISION

Champion — Rio Esteban

Second Place — Communication

Third Place — Aguan

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VETERAN DIVISION

Champion — Bajamar

Second Place — Travesia

Third Place — Travesia

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Best Scorer — Dixon Ordonez

Best Goalkeeper — Gerson Castro

Best Male Coach — Bacilio Arzu

Best Female Coach — Alicia David

Most Disciplined Team — Sambo

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Also recognized were: Magna Chimilio, Tomasa Bernardez, Bajamar Godmother Damiana Nunez, Frank Cloter, Carlos Blanco

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Youth Division 2014 NY Soccer League Champion, Rio Esteban celebrating.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Youth Division 2014 NY Soccer League Champion, Rio Esteban celebrating. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

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Referees Recognized: Raul Melendez, Maximo Velasquez and Pedro Suazo

Photos from this exuberant Soccer Awards Gala can be found in the Photo section of the Being Garifuna Facebook Page1

Youth Division 2014 NY Soccer League Champion, Rio Esteban celebrating.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Youth Division 2014 NY Soccer League Champion, Rio Esteban celebrating. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Individual Sponsor is Juan Tejada.   Corporate Sponsor for this soccer league is the Law Firm, Gorayeb and Associates P.C. 2, who specialize in Construction Accidents and Personal Injuries.  They are located at:

Gorayeb and Associates P.C.

100 William Street

Suite 1205

New York, New York 10038

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ABOUT The Garifuna People


The Garifuna people are people of African descent (in other words, Black people) whose ancestry can be traced to Africans mixing with Carib Indians and Arawak Indians on the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent.  From this fusion of race and ethnicities in St. Vincent Island, a distinct culture and language arose.  They are noted for being one of the few (only?) peoples of African descent (again, in other words, Black people) in the Americas to have maintained aspects of their ancestral culture and full use of their ancestral language for everyday use over the course of hundreds of years.

After being defeated in war with the British on St. Vincent in 1796; 1004 men, 1779 women and 1,555 children for a total of 4,338 people (mostly Black Caribs, as the Garifuna people were then known) were captured and taken to Baliceaux, a small island, a rock, basically, off the coast of St. Vincent.  This took place from July 1796 through February/March 1797.  About 2,000 Garifunas died of a mysterious and very infectious fever while living on Baliceaux awaiting their fate.   3

In early March 1797, the remaining Garifunas were loaded onto the HMS Experiment and other ships.  Once they were rounded up, the convoy were taken to a Bequia, which is another island off the coast of St. Vincent. They proceeded to go to Grenada to get water, then Jamaica for refueling, then finally Roatan, Honduras, arriving on April 12th 1797.

Finding much of Roatan unliveable, the Garifuna people petitioned officials representing Spain and it’s government (which controlled much of Central America at the time) to be allowed to move to the Honduran mainland.  Upon being allowed to move to the Honduran mainland, the Garifunas settled many towns and villages along the Caribean coast of Honduras.  They also migrated to the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize (then known as British Honduras) and Nicaragua over the years.

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2014 NY Soccer League Champion, Veteran Division, Bajamar celebrating.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

2014 NY Soccer League Champion, Veteran Division, Bajamar celebrating. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Notes:

  1. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152422109173596.1073741917.305542983595&type=3
  2. www.gorayeb.com
  3. Nancie L. Gonzalez, “Sojourners of the Caribbean: Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Garifuna” pg. 21

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