With a legacy of hard work, determination and numerous championships, the Ridgewood High School Women's Soccer program is consistently one of the top league, county and state contenders.
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The Jo "Pops" Perillo and Jack Elwood Merit Awards were presented to four senior members of last season's Ridgewood High School Women's Varsity Soccer team at the annual Senior Awards Recognition night, which was held on June 10, 2014 at Ridgewood High School. These are the highest recognition award /scholarships that are awarded by the RHS Women's Soccer Program and the RHS Women's Soccer Booster Association.
JO "POPS PERILLO AWARD
The Perillo Award is awarded annually to RHS senior women soccer player/s who exhibit the qualities of teamwork, sportsmanship, strong personal ethics and selflessness that were the modeled by Joe Perillo while he was associated with the RHS team from 1988 to 2002. Mr. Perillo was a retired police officer from Ridgewood whose daughter Lori Jo was also an outstanding athlete at RHS. Upon her graduation from college, Mr. Perillo volunteered his time in retirement to assist both the soccer and softball teams at RHS. For his time and commitment to the RHS program, the Governor of the state of NJ recognized Joe's effort with an official proclimation from the state siting his selfless giving of time on behalf of the students at Ridgewood High School. Further Joe was recognized by the New Jersey Girls Soccer Coaches Association (NJGSCA) at their annual state awards banquet in 2001 for his "Distinguished Service" on behalf of the game of women's high school soccer in the state of New Jersey.
JACK ELWOOD MERIT AWARD
In 2004 RHS coach and physical education teacher Jack Elwood had this award named in his honor. A varsity assistant soccer coach with the RHS Women's Soccer program for 12 years and the RHS Head JV Soccer coach for 3 years, Coach Elwood was diagnosed with AL , better know as "Lou Gehrig's disease" in 2002 and lost his courageous battle with the disease on May 2, 2010.
Coach Elwood lived the model of a determined work ethic along with exemplary sportsmanship and fair play. "Jack Elwood was an example of the pursuit of life with courage" states RHS Head Women's Soccer Coach Jeff Yearing and the recipients of this award must also reflect that quality in their life.