Tournament Continues in Mike Stone's Memory

 Privacy Policy TAVARES — Mike Stone's impact on soccer in Lake County continues this week when the tournament he founded takes on his name.  Stone died in July at age 63, and his family is carrying on his legacy with the Mike Stone Invitational, the new name for the Hickory Point Invitational. In its 21st year, the state's largest high-school soccer tourney will take place Tuesday through Thursday at the newly named Mike Stone Soccer Complex at Hickory Point park off State Road 19. The complex was named in Stone's honor at a ceremony in October.  "Mike did the majority of it himself," said his widow, Kathy Stone, including tasks such as line up teams and sponsors, preparing the fields, refereeing and even emptying trash and cleaning the bathrooms.  Stone said the family has gotten help in continuing the tournament from Glen Juszcyk, driving force behind the For Kid's Sake Foundation the tournament supports, as well as former Leesburg soccer coach Jason Gray and volunteer Ed Rizzo.  "It's going to be fine," she said, though they'll miss "not having him [her husband] running around orchestrating things for three days." Juszcyk's foundation is dedicated to pediatric cancer research and supporting the families of children fighting neuroblastoma. His daughter, 8-year-old Malia Jusczyk was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma in 2011 and was the inspiration for the foundation.  In July 2012, Malia was declared free of the disease. The past few years she has assisted in presenting the trophies to winning teams.  Teams this year include several from Central Florida including Leesburg, The Villages and Bishop Moore and several from farther away such as Stanton College Preparatory in Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale and Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, Calif. Games begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, with the championship game at 11 a.m. Thursday. A three-day pass is $20 and covers all car occupants. Otherwise, entry is $5 per person. The game schedule is at mikestoneinvitational.com or on the Facebook page Mike Stone Invitational.  jfallstrom@orlandosentinel.com Copyright © 2017, Orlando Sentinel · Mike Stone 

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