On Oct. 28, Jacobs Playground in Philadelphia played host to a memorial tribute to the late Lonnie Cohen. Cohen was the commissioner for the entire Philadelphia Parks and Recreation indoor and outdoor soccer program as well as the director for outdoor soccer. He was also the facilities supervisor at Hillside Recreation Center.
Music from Bruce Springsteen – one of Cohen's favorite artists – welcomed those in attendance. Recreation Leader III John McBride served as the Master of Ceremonies, while Michael Grubb, Parks & Rec’s Sports & Athletics Coordinator and Philadelphia Parks and Rec administration spoke about Cohen and his legacy.
Local club Roxborough United presented the Cohen family with a scarf and a special framed jersey featuring the name “Cohen” on the back. The Parks and Rec department gifted the family with a PPR blanket and announced the PPR Lonnie Coehn Award Grant, which will be given to a club to help them purchase equipment. The Cohen family – accompanied by youth players, league directors, PPR retirees and club directors – participated in the opening coin flip.
All-stars from all the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Soccer League teams participated in the Lonnie Cohen Memorial All-Star game. Having been postponed from Oct. 26 due to inclement weather, the event was held on a cool Thursday night.
Katie Abecunas, a former PPR All-Star, sang the National Anthem prior to the first set of matches.
Games started at 6 p.m. with the U8 Boys, U8 Girls and U9 Boys. The U12 Girls, U9 and U10 Girls, and U10 Boys followed with games at 7 p.m. Closing out the night were the U11 and U12 Boys at 8 p.m.