Saturday, March 9: Soccer with a Hungarian twist!!

We invite you to join us for the second program in our 2024 Program Series which will be held on Saturday, March 9, at 2 o’clock at the Hungarian Museum.

Title: “Soccer is Your Game for Life”, A Hungarian Immigrant’s Contributions to US Soccer, presented by John P. Gyékényesi, PhD.

Dr. John Gyékényesi

Dr. John Gyékényesi is a distinguished engineer, who retired from NASA’s Glenn Research Center. A highly regarded and respected professional in his field of engineering, John Gyékényesi has another passion in his life, and that is the sport of soccer.  He started his U.S. soccer experience in 1953, playing in the American (later Lake Erie) Soccer League of Cleveland until 1988.  He participated in numerous National Cup competitions representing the Ohio Soccer Association-North (OSAN) and was selected to participate in the All-Ohio and All-Midwest teams. His commitment to spreading the love of the sport continued, and during the early 70s, he was involved with the professional soccer team, the Cleveland Stars/Cobras. Dr. Gyékényesi played a significant role in the growth of American soccer; he was active with the Professional American Soccer League, the United States Adult Soccer Association and the United States Soccer Federation. Throughout these years, he met some of the world’s most famous soccer players and he will share his impressions of these stars. He was among the early pioneers in 1967 when youth soccer started in Cleveland, promoting further growth. Today, 70 years later, soccer is an accepted part of U.S. sports, thanks to thousands of committed organizers such as John Gyékényesi.  Youth soccer has millions of players, professional soccer is well established, and the United States Soccer Federation is a major and important member of FIFA. We will have the opportunity to hear the story from someone who lived it!

This program will be in English and is one that no sports fan should miss!

Suggested donation: $10 for adults and $5 for students.

All the lectures start at 2 p.m. and are held at the Hungarian Heritage Museum in The Galleria, Downtown Cleveland, Lower level.

Coffee and refreshments will be available following the presentation, so that we can take the time to meet and speak with our presenter.

The Museum will be open from 1-4 p.m.

$7 parking is available in the Galleria parking garage.

 A viszontlátásra!!!! See you soon!!!!


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