Kearny teen wins national Elks soccer shoot

There are soccer shooters — and then, there’s Alyssa Badia. The Kearny girl was not only the Kearny representative to the Elks as part of the area’s soccer shoot contest, she won the national title and was honored recently at a special ceremony at the Kearny Elks Lodge. You read that correctly — of the countless lodges in America, Kearny’s Badia won the overall contest in the U-13 category. The grand lodge presented her with a plaque and the mid-Atlantic committee presented her with an embroidered bag with her designation. The NJ Elks presented her with an additional gift card, as well. Seen here are, from left, Bill Dow Jr., Badia, and Badia’s dad Jorge Badia.

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