Marianne Volpe’s family has a strong connection to the Long Island soccer community.
Her husband, Jim, is a member of the Long Island Junior Soccer League Hall of Fame and currently Eastern New York’s ODP Chairperson and the Volpe’s children, Chelsea and Shaun, played on LIJSL teams and later for Manhattan College.
Recently, members of Long Island’s soccer family — including 27 student-athletes from the LIU Post women’s soccer team — recently took part in the Fourth Annual Marianne Volpe 5K and Pumpkin Fun Run, held October 24 at Baldwin Park. The race honors Volpe, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 56 from Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), an aggressive form of blood cancer.
All proceeds from the annual run benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System’s Monter Cancer Center. The 500 participants raised a total of $35,000.
“It was a really great experience for our team. We are always willing and able to do any volunteer work,” said LIU Post graduate women’s soccer player Kelsey Ferguson. “It was great to do something different, especially for such a worthy cause, and we would be happy to do it again in the future.”
Ferguson and her teammates were joined at the run by LIU Post’s entire coaching staff, including head coach Mark Dawson, who also coaches in Eastern New York’s Olympic Development Program (ODP), and assistant coach Josefa Pace, a former ODP coach.