The Christopher Kulaga Memorial Scholarship was establised in 2003 in memory of Chris Kulaga who was a long time member of the East Fishkill Soccer Club.
Chris started playing for East Fishkill Soccer club at 5 years old and played Travel soccer for 10 years, most notably for the '77 Bombers where he served as team captain and also played for the East Hudson Select program. The EFSC '77 Bombers were as successful a team on the field as off. Chris led the Bombers to successful participation in the Connecticut Junior Soccer League Premier level league, several East Hudson league titles and extensive engagements/success across the nation from USA Cup, Minnesota, to Brossard, Canada, Virginia, Pocono Cup, Charles River Premier Cup, Liberty Cup and a host of other major tournaments. He won the EFSC U16 Boys Sportsmanship Award for exemplary behavior and leadership, an outstanding player and a gracious winner and gracious loser. Chris Kulaga also played varsity soccer at John Jay HS for three years and was heavily recruited by college coaches.
But more important than their successes on the field, the ’77 Bombers were a family. Well after their playing days in EFSC are over, the families and players still get together and enjoy each others company. They embody the true spirit of soccer. The young men of the ‘77 Bombers grew up together and became fine gentlemen in our community. Chris attended SUNY New Paltz and received a Baccalaureate degree in Accounting in 1999. Chris went on to graduate from NY State Police Academy in 2000. Chris's dream was to work with children and serve his community and he accomplished both of these dreams in his short life. Chris chose to serve in the South Bronx as a police officer. He worked with the kids in the neighborhood there through the PBA. On June 27, 2002, he lost his life as he returned home from an evening of work. His family and friends will remember him always and have offered a scholarship to an EFSC player who displays the same enthusiasm for life, soccer, family and community.
The Christopher Ulanmo Memorial Scholarship was establised in 2009 in memory of Chris Ulanmo who was a life long member of the East Fishkill Soccer Club.
Chris was born on May 20,
1992 and in his short sixteen years of life touched so many by his warmth,
friendliness and generosity of love. He spent his kindergarten and elementary
years at Myers Corners School where he received the Excellence in Science Award
and the Good Citizenship & Responsibility Award. His junior years were spent
at Van Wyck Junior High where he was in all honors classes. He attended John Jay
High School and was enrolled in some honors classes, AP & college coursework
until his untimely death as an eleventh grader in an automobile accident, while
visiting with friends.
Chris was a kind, happy, fun loving, giving and intelligent person, who had a positive influence on everyone he knew. He was generous, loved family, community and had many friends. Chris was a teenager with a promising future and the ability to become anything, which was displayed through a wide array of talents. He aspired to become a doctor, because he believed in humanity and service to others. Sadly, this promising future will not be realized. Family and friends have established the Christopher M C Ulanmo scholarship to honor his life by making this scholarship available to college bound high school seniors who exemplify generosity, intelligence, goodwill, a love for life and unity; embodied in teamwork.
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