Upcoming: Wallyball King of the Court Memorial Tournament March 26

On Sunday, March 26th at 10am, Eastern Athletic Club will host the 3rd Andrew J. Cassius King of the Court Memorial Wallyball Tournament.

 

There will be ten players competing for a cash prize.

Check out a news segment from BCAT featuring two of our players, Ben Smyth and Eric Archer, talking about Wallyball in Brooklyn and this upcoming event.

 

https://youtu.be/n43_BfnF6Qc

Upcoming: 2nd Andrew Cassius Memorial Beach Volleyball Tournament August 13, 2016

To register please sign up via the link below: 

http://www.123contactform.com/form-1535270/Andrew-J-Cassius-Beach-Volleyball-Tournament
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Please look at the Facebook event for the latest updates or to find a team if you need one: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1878340422393542/

Some of the players in last years tournament are pictured here.

Some of the players in last years tournament are pictured here.

Location: The beach volleyball courts between West 8th st and West 10th st in Coney Island.

Start time: 9:30AM
First place: doubles $120
Second place $50

Quads first place $200
Second place $80

Last year we had a great turnout for the Andrew Cassius Memorial Volleyball Tournament, and so let's do it again!! Everyone who came out had a great time playing beach volleyball in Andrew's memory.

We are going to have the same divisions as last year's tournament: 

Mens Doubles and Co-Ed Quads. 

Entry Fees: 
Mens Open and Mens AA $60 per team
Quads Co-ed: $80 per team

Outside of prize money, all profits from this tournament will go directly to the Andrew J. Cassius Memorial Scholarship Fund which provides college scholarships to graduating athletes at Midwood H.S. ( Andrew's alma mater.) If you would like to donate separately to this fund, you can do so here: http://andrewcassius.org/

2nd Recipient of Andrew Cassius Scholarship Fund

On June 6, 2016 the Cassius family awarded Midwood graduating senior Tyreek Mcintosh, a standout volleyball player and student, with the Andrew J. Cassius Memorial Scholarship Award. Tyreek is the second recipient of this award, $1000 scholarship to a college of his choosing, and with the funds we raise from various events and fundraisers, we will continue to be able to dedicate this scholarship in Andrew's memory in the years to come.

Midwood Memorial Volleyball Day

On May 14, 2016, Midwood Highschool officially retired Andrew's jersey, #13, and put up a plaque in the hallway in his memory. Throughout the day, people spoke about their fond memories of Andrew, and there were many games of volleyball played in the Midwood gym. It was amazing to see how inspired some of the students were by Andrew's achievements, especially those who had never met him. It is a testament to the legacy that lives on after Andrew's passing that he continues to inspire future generations. A big thank you to Tommasina Lenzi for organizing this event.

 

Andrew J. Cassius Wallyball King of the Court Tournament

 

This year’s winner of the Second Annual Andrew J. Cassius Memorial King of the Court wallyball tournament at the Eastern Athletic Club (EAC) in Brooklyn Heights, Kirill Syroegin, learned his basic skills from Cassius.

“Andrew had spent time teaching me to bump, set, and spike when I was just 13 years old at the Kingsbay Y program,” said Syrogein, age 19. “It was an honor to play in this tournament, especially in honor of Andrew. I saw the way he played with passion and dedication. I came in to this tournament as a new guy and thought that I wouldn’t make it far just because of so many skilled and amazing players. I had to play my hardest and had to learn new tricks and strategies on the spot just to go head-to- head with these great wallyball players.”

 

Andrew Cassius was a star volleyball player for Midwood High School (having won the Heisman PSAL Wingate Awards in 2007) and then at the State University of New York-New Paltz. He also played on the national champion wallyball teams, representing the EAC. In 2012, Andrew won King of the Court as the youngest player in 32 years. He died at age 25 unexpectedly on August 7, 2014 after a five day unidentified virus. Cassius’ family, including his father George, coach of the EAC wallyball teams, put together a memorial website in Andrew’s honor (www.andrewcassius.org) and started a fund to provide college scholarships to graduating student-athletes at Midwood High School.

 

On May 27, 2015 the Cassius family awarded $1000 to Midwood graduating senior Michaela Appel, a standout volleyball star and student, with the first Andrew J. Cassius Memorial Scholarship Award.

 

“With the funds we raise from various events and fundraisers, we will continue to be able to dedicate this scholarship in Andrew’;s memory in the years to come,” said George.

 

On April 2, 2016, 12 wallyball players competed in this year’s event, playing a total of 16 games each. Syrogein made it to the finals, and prevailed over last year’s winner, Ben Smyth, who had won this event twice before.

“Prior to the event, everyone spoke about Andrew. It was very heart warming,” said George. “They mentioned how modest he always was, and how he would help everyone and always gave 100%.”

 

He added: “Throughout the memorial, everyone had a special story about how they all appreciated the competition as well as the camaraderie. It felt like a meeting of a very strong, close- knit family.”

Syrogein said “as much as I love playing volleyball and wallyball and anything that has any connection with this sport, having known Andrew inspires me to push myself and to play harder. I knew all the players who were playing since we play together on a regular basis. They have been teaching me the basics of wallyball. Thanks to George and the EAC, I have a chance to play with the best players in the city, maybe even in the country.”


The EAC has won countless wallyball national championships in the past 30 years since George Cassius brought the sport to the club. Hundreds of players have competed for the EAC, and dozens still play regularly on Sunday afternoons in Brooklyn Heights.

1st Annual Andrew Cassius Memorial Beach Volleyball Tournament

As it has been almost a year since our dear friend Andrew has passed away, we wanted to create this event in his memory. This was a doubles beach tournament and everyone is welcome. The entry fee will be 50$ per team for doubles and $75 for quads. proceeds will go to charity. Winners will receive trophies, cash prizes and all players will get a tank top. Many players showed up for this great cause and fun was had by all!

First Recipient of Andrew Cassius Memorial Scholarship Announced!

On May 27, 2015 the Cassius family awarded Midwood graduating senior Michaela Appel, a standout volleyball star and student, with the Andrew J. Cassius Memorial Scholarship Award. Michaela is the first recipient of this award, $1000 scholarship to a college of her choosing, and with the funds we raise from various events and fundraisers, we will continue to be able to dedicate this scholarship in Andrew's memory in the years to come.

Andrew Cassius Memorial Wallyball Tournament

On April 12, 2015, a dozen Wallyball athletes gathered to play an annual tradition, The King of the Court Wallyball Tournament. This time, there was something different. The tournament was in memory of Andrew, and the players all wore shirts with Andrew's initials on them. Over X number of players showed up and played over 15 games each to battle for the title of 2015 King of the Court. The winner was Ben Smyth, and he gave a touching speech about how Andrew used to play with him and how well they played together.