The 2022 Vin Altebrando Outdoor Wrestling Festival was a huge success, being the only wrestling tournament to be held entirely outside on Long Island. This event is also a unique opportunity for wrestlers to compete for a great cause, where over 300 wrestlers participated on seven different mats.
This event united so many people for a tremendous cause, donating to two very important Long Island organizations: Stand Up for Suzanne and Nassau/Suffolk Autism Society of America. Stand Up for Suzanne is an organization founded in honor of Suzanne Sokolowski Shea, who defied the odds with her determination, strength and bravery. Stand Up For Suzanne is the embodiment of her wishes---offering a way to preserve her memory while funding the advancement of breast cancer research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
Nassau/Suffolk Autism Society of America is a parent-run organization serving over 4,000 families on Long Island. Their mission is to support individuals with autism in our local community by providing free educational, social, and recreational opportunities to families touched by autism.
Coach Vin Altebrando had first come up with the idea to hold an outdoor wrestling tournament at the high school, and we are fortunate to host this event year after year in his memory and carry on his legacy. Thank you to our Wildcat Booster Club and parent volunteers for taking the time to make the event so special! Thank you to our grounds, maintenance and IT department for all of their behind the scenes work to make the day run so smoothly! Special shout out to Coach Cardella and the wrestling staff for all they did to coordinate the day.
This year's event housed 7 wrestling mats, allowing more athletes from across Long Island to participate in the memorial tournament.
Over 300 wrestlers competed at these year's outdoor event.
Angela Biancamano and her kids come out to support the Altebrando family year after year, paying tribute to the amazing husband and father that he was.
Stand Up for Suzanne is an organization founded in honor of Suzanne Sokolowski Shea, offering a way to preserve her memory while funding the advancement of breast cancer research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
Even our youngest Wildcat wrestlers paid tribute to Coach Altebrando by participating in a number of matches throughout the day.
Three of Vin's four daughters at this year's event, passing on his legacy as a coach and mentor for our South Huntington Community that will continue for years to come.