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After finishing the regular season first in the MLU in points with 24 goals and 32 assists, Chris Mazur has been announced as the 2013 MLU Eastern Conference MVP.
The decision to vote Mazur the MVP was made by the General Managers and Commissioner Jeff Snader after the final game of the regular season. For being voted MVP, Mazur will be awarded $500 as well as an additional $500 by the league to donate to the charity or youth Ultimate program of his choice.
Mazur has decided to donate his money to the Ultimate program at his alma mater, Choate Rosemary Hall. Mazur says, “During my one year of teaching at the school in 2010-2011, I was fortunate to be around when a few dedicated students, Ed Speyer, Matt Fasano, and Jeff Spivack, got the first varsity Ultimate team started. The program has blossomed over the past 3 years, and has held numerous events for youth Ultimate in the state of Connecticut, including charity events, tournaments, and the Connecticut high school all-star game.”
Despite being the MVP of the Eastern Conference, Mazur is quick to give kudos to his teammates for much of his success. “For the rest of the NY Rumble, this award is really a team achievement. You can’t throw goals to yourself. It takes all seven guys on the field and another 18 guys on the sideline all working together towards a specific goal. Despite missing the playoffs, we were all part of something truly special in 2013 and this award is much more a symbol of that collective achievement than an individual accomplishment,” says Mazur.
Beyond his Rumble teammates, Mazur had one other person to thank for his success and motivation throughout the season, his mother. “I couldn’t ask for a more loving and supportive mother. She made it to almost every game this season, regardless of the location. She is the best out there, and deserves a mention. She kept me motivated throughout the season no matter the obstacle, mistake, or injury. Playing for a professional NY sports team has been a dream of mine since I was a boy going to Yankee Stadium with my mom, and seeing the smile on her face in the stands all season long will be a memory I will never forget,” says Mazur.