Message from Hooman

01/12/99 from

Dear Editor:

 Hello. My name is Hooman Hamzeh. I am an eighth grade student in Pierrepont School. I play many sports and most people would agree that I am fairly well at soccer. On the evening of December 8th, 1998 at around 6:00, I received a call from Mr. Gino DePinto. At first, I was rather surprised from Mr. DePinto’s call, since I really don’t know him that well. He asked me a couple of questions and quickly reached his point, which was asking me if I wished to play on his indoor soccer team. At first, I replied no because I assumed that Mr. Kolich (My previous soccer coach, and head of the soccer program in Rutherford ) would be the coach. I really like and enjoy soccer, but some people can make something fun into a nightmare. Mr. DePinto kept urging, and persuading me to play for his team, since he only had six players on his team. After a while of going back and forth, he mentioned that Mr. Kolich would not be the coach and that he had nothing to do with this. During this conversation, I asked Mr. DePinto a couple of my own questions, which included the following key question; don’t I have to go to a tryout of some sort to be on this traveling team? Mr. DePinto replied this; there has been a tryout, but I needed some extra people on my team so I called you to see if you wished to play. I told Mr. DePinto that I would think about it and get back to him after I had a talk with my parents. It was around 7:30 when I returned Mr. DePinto’s phone call and told him that I will join the team.


It is January 12, 1999 today and this dispute has been going on for a month and a couple of days. My father, Mr. Hamzeh has sent letters to officials and parents discussing this situation, yet, we still haven’t gotten to the bottom of this.


Today, I also check out the web site (www. Rutherford. cc). I looked at the section that discusses this little problem that we are all trying to solve when I came over this letter that was sent to the editor from the Cahill and Giordano families. I’m not trying to be disrespectful to the author of that article, but there were more lies in that one article than lies Bill Clinton has said in the past year. Their article was not researched and was made up. At one part of the article, the author stated that I almost cost the league money because of a penalty fee, which I was not aware of. Even if I was aware of it, I have a right to choose what I wish to do with my time. I never signed any contract that included information of me having to go to every single game and practice, yet I did till that date. It is true that I picked my recreational hockey game over my traveling soccer game that day because of a few reasons:

When I first joined the traveling team, I was not happy on the way things were going because of the coaches and a few fellow players. I quit the team not because I am a quitter, but because I decided to get out of this before I really committed my self since we hadn’t even played our first game by then. A couple of days after I quit the team, Mr. Kolich came to my house and had a talk with my mother and me. He eventually persuaded me to play on the team. Another reason why I went to my recreational hockey game over my traveling soccer game is because truthfully, our team was awful. I don’t mean to brag or anything, but I thought myself as the best player on the team and I scored all our goals in the, first 5 games of the season and I’m not even exaggerating on that. You can go into the league files and check all that out. I wasn’t treated with much respect from Mr. Kolich in my opinion. Even though he yelled at everyone, He yelled at me the most for bizarre reasons. I won’t even go further into that. The third reason for choosing my recreational hockey game over my soccer game is because when Mr. Kolich came to my house and had a talk with me, I told him that one of the reasons that I did not wish to play on his team was because my hockey games would interfere with my soccer games. As you can see, I have my reasons for picking my recreational hockey game over my traveling soccer game.


In the article from the Cahill and Giordano families, the author also states Mr. Hamzeh has never attended a traveling game or practice. That is one, big, enormous lie. My dad brought me to every single away game and attended most of the home games. Its one thing to say a small fib but its another to write down anything you feel and that is exactly what was done but the Cahill’s and Giordano’s.

I have no further comments on this situation unless anyone would like to respond to this article.

Thank You,

Hooman Hamzeh



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