FLUSHING, N.Y. (Oct. 11, 2018) – Preceding the Queens College men's soccer team's 7-0 victory over Concordia (N.Y.) on Wednesday (Oct. 10), Head Coach Frank Vertullo donated $1,000 as part of The Frank and Michael Vertullo Foundation's efforts to raise money and awareness for autism.
"I am extremely happy to start this yearly scholarship at Queens College," stated Coach Vertullo, "and I hope it helps a QC student with special needs fulfill their dreams and goals of graduating college with a degree."
This marks the second straight season that the Knights have honored Michael and helped to support the foundation with a pregame ceremony. In fact, the Frank and Michael Vertullo Foundation provides a multitude of scholarship opportunities on its website, which includes a $6,500 scholarship that is presented in conjunction with the Queens College men's soccer team.
"I started this foundation five years ago to help raise awareness and to support young adults with autism or any special needs looking to attend college or university," Vertullo continued. "Yearly we give close to $25,000 in scholarships. I hold fundraisers during the year to help offset some of the scholarships and some are self-funded."
For Coach Vertullo, the foundation and the mission of the organization both hold a very special place in his heart. It is his son, Michael, who was afflicted with PDD (pervasive development disorder) on the autism spectrum at the age of just 18 months old. Vertullo noted that early on, there were daily struggles with speech, academics and athletics among other things. However, the progress that Michael has made has been astounding.
"Mikey has come a long way in his ten years and I am extremely blessed to have him," noted Vertullo. "He's taught me patience above all that actually helps me in my coaching."
To learn more about the work that Coach Vertullo and the foundation do in the local communities to help raise awareness and support the fight against autism, click here to visit the foundation's website.