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New York Cosmos Soccer Players Visit Young Patients at New York Hospital Queens


Allison Fleming

New York Cosmos Soccer Players Visit Young Patients at New York Hospital Queens
           Pro Players Sebastian Guenzatti and David Diosa Have Queens Roots

Flushing, N.Y., August 20, 2013 — After a press conference to announce that New York Hospital Queens was named the official hospital of the New York Cosmos, team members from the soccer club visited the hospital’s Pediatric unit.

Young patients were greeted by Head Coach and Howard Beach resident Giovanni Savarese, Assistant Coach Alecko Eskandarian, plus several players: Sebastian Guenzatti and David Diosa (who grew up in Queens) as well as Carlos Mendes and Jimmy Maurer.

The players handed out miniature soccer balls with autographs to the young patients and gave well wishes. “Feel better. We hope to see you at a game this season,” the players said as they left a patient’s room. The patient beamed with happiness. “I love soccer…I can kick the ball very far!” she boasted.

The new partnership allows NYHQ and the New York Cosmos to work together to raise awareness for bone and joint health among all area athletes (including the weekend warriors) via events such as youth health and wellness clinics in Queens. Dates and times will be announced.

New York Hospital Queens is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. For more information, visit www.nyhq.org.

The Cosmos began play in 1971, spending 14 seasons in the North American Soccer League, winning five Soccer Bowl trophies and bringing some of the biggest names in world soccer to the USA. Now, they have returned to the NASL with players such as Marcos Senna and Long Island’s own Carlos Mendes. The club plays its home games at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium and the next home match is Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. against the San Antonio Scorpions. For more information on the Cosmos, please visit the club’s official website at www.newyorkcosmos.com, Facebook or Twitter @TheNYCosmos. For tickets, visit www.nycosmos.com/schedule.

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David Diosa, pro soccer player for the New York Cosmos, autographs a miniature soccer ball for a young patient at New York Hospital Queens.

New York Cosmos soccer players David Diosa (pictured, center) and Sebastian Guenzatti (pictured, right) play with a young patient (pictured, left) at New York Hospital Queens.

Bone and joint specialists along with medical and nursing staff from the Department of Pediatrics at New York Hospital Queens, and team members from the New York Cosmos, pose for a photo with a young patient with her mother.

New York Cosmos team members Sebastian Guenzatti (far left); David Diosa (second from left); Giovanni Savarese (third from left); Carlos Mendes (second from right); Jimmy Maurer (far right) as well Stephen S. Mills (fourth from left), president and chief executive officer, NYHQ;  Alexander Golant, M.D.(fourth from right), associate director, Sports Medicine, NYHQ; and Justin A. Classie, M.D.,(third from right) medical director, Sports Medicine, NYHQ, held a press conference at New York Hospital Queens to discuss the importance of the hospital’s new partnership with the Cosmos. NYHQ was named the official hospital of the New York Cosmos soccer club on July 30.

NOTE TO EDITOR:  The patient’s family gave written permission to use the photos contained in this photo release.

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