The annual Louis Cosenza Scholarship Game will be held Saturday, Oct. 21 at East Rockaway High School. The Rocks will play Friends Academy at 2 p.m. at East Rockaway High School’s Hermanson Field. All proceeds will go to the Cosenza Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is given to a senior who has excelled in the classroom and on the athletic field.
This scholarship is in memory of Louis Cosenza, who was a health/physical education teacher at East Rockaway High School when he was stricken with the deadly disease of leukemia in 1971. Louis, an outstanding teacher, class adviser and coach, was only 31 years old. He taught at East Rockaway for six years.
Lou also excelled in sports. He earned a full scholarship to Adelphi University for soccer and also played baseball. In addition to his athletic prowess, he was an honor student throughout high school and college. He later played minor league baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals before entering the teaching field.
Aside from being a top scholar and athlete, Mr. Cosenza was a role model to his students and his colleagues. In 1977, the Louis Cosenza Scholarship Fund was set up for the benefit of the top scholar-athlete, male or female, at East Rockaway High School.
All donations can be sent to East Rockaway High School, 443 Ocean Ave., East Rockaway, NY 11518 in care of Louis Cosenza Scholarship Fund. Checks can be made out to East Rockaway High School.