UKRAINIAN INDEPENDENCE FOLK FESTIVAL 2024
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We invite your suggestions for our 2024 celebration of Ukraine’s freedom. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Press Release for the August 25, 2024 Ukrainian Independence Day Festival has not yet been prepared. Enjoy our Galleries from prior festivals. You can obtain a pdf copy of last year’s media release here: Press release 2023.
COVID 19 ALL EVENTS ALERTS: Visit website or call or email periodically for notices, alerts, safety protocols and measures and information, for possible date, program or format changes, for possible attendance, advance ticketing and other entry limitations and requirements, and for changes, procedures and updates. www.tryzub.org
In order to safeguard the precious health and safety of our members, member families, guests, visitors, volunteers, the communities we serve, and the general public we have enacted a HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY for this year’s festival. Please review it and check the website early and often for amendments, updates and additional information, alerts and notices.
HELP THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE!
THANK YOU to all of our members for your outpouring of support for Ukraine and for the complete condemnation of the invasion by Vladimir Putin.
Many people in this organization as well as other Ukrainian Organizations have received numerous phone calls, text messages and emails from all over the world offering prayers and support for Ukraine. Many were not Ukrainian, but wanted to reach out because they want to make a difference somehow or in some way. The outpouring is overwhelming; it is very much appreciated; and it is very emotional… THANK YOU!
Although we are witnessing death and destruction within Ukraine, we must remain positive and vigilant. We now see protests all over the US, in Philly, Washington, New York, Chicago and many other cities. We see protests all over the world in Paris, Berlin, Sweden, Spain, Lebanon, Austria, Netherlands, Poland and so many other countries. There are also protests throughout Russia [which is very rare] across at least 47 cities with over 2,000 arrests. For those who are making your voices heard all over Planet Earth… THANK YOU!
How can you help?... Ukrainian American Sport Center Tryzub and Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals have partnered with United Ukrainian American Relief Committee (“UUARC”), an abundantly successful international humanitarian relief organization with a nearly 80 year long proven track-record of assistance to Ukrainians in desperate need. What is more, this is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity that has its headquarters in the City of Philadelphia. Read more about UUARC and make your donations, either through:
THANK YOU again for all of your support, prayers, and your generosity,
Tryzub and Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals Boards of Directors
During the Coronavirus, during full and partial lockdowns, we were busy updating and improving our facilities. We are currently open and continue to monitor and to modify our policies and procedures to meet ever-changing and emerging standards. Click here for more COVID info.
During the extended lockdown, our Club did not realize any revenue, while its income since re-opening has been limited, because many events had to be cancelled. We have a very magnificent facility to upkeep; the costs are quite large. Although we have the best volunteers on planet Earth, our expenses during the pandemic mounted greatly. Please consider donating towards our club and uphold our mission in the community.
Tribute To A Great Man... Yaroslaw “Jerry” Kozak
As of earlier this year, we celebrated the life and passing of Yaroslaw “Jerry” Kozak. His solemn funeral mass at Annunciation BVM Ukrainian Catholic Church brought together so many people from Tryzub’s gloried past and present. It is the bittersweet thing about funerals. For those who attended from the Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals, it was such a privilege to be there. The Tryzub family came to honor an Extraordinary Man—a man who earned your respect and admiration every day of his life in the example he set.
The pictures below tell part of the story: Jerry Kozak as a player here; Jerry Kozak as a coach here; Jerry Kozak building, planting, moving earth, operating equipment, etc.; Jerry Kozak leading us and representing us at all times with dignity. The fuller story is how one dedicated, hard-working volunteer with a heart of gold and unexcelled passion for this Club could shape it for seven (7) decades. For perspective, most people who come through our soccer organization will be involved here for five, maybe ten years. We know Jerry Kozak was not alone in making this place. But for those of us in the soccer leadership for the past couple decades, he was the most visible example of Tryzub’s core values: integrity, loyalty, dedication and service. Jerry Kozak possessed an iron-will to get things done.
As soon as you joined the soccer organization, you discovered Jerry Kozak’s stature here. It was never in anything Mr. Kozak said. He possessed that rare gift of great leaders—humility. But you knew he carried weight when you heard a teenage girl named Larissa or her brothers greet him as “Pon Kozak.” While the term was unfamiliar to us, you could hear the respect in it. Jerry Kozak earned respect, and not because he was Tryzub’s President at the time. The pictures testify. He was a man of action along with his friend, Ted Kulp. Pon Kozak recognized a problem, analyzed it, and solved it. Tryzub was always improving on his watch.
We joined this Club after the turn of this century. By then, Pon Kozak had been here for fifty (50) years. Through his life of service, he had a keen sense of who he could depend upon. But he never asked of anyone what he was not prepared to do himself. Today, we talk about the unfortunate sense of entitlement people have. This was never Pon Kozak. You would never see him take as much as a free draft. It was frankly the opposite. After a long day of spring clean-up, trenching, or getting ready for a Club event, Pon Kozak would buy his crew a round of “Old Kiev.” You fondly remember the day you were in that special community of volunteers and toasted “Na zdrovya.”
The details of Pon Kozak’s extraordinary life and wonderful family are in his obituary posted on our Facebook page. Pon Kozak was a WWII survivor. He was intelligent, educated and successful. Winston Churchill said: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Pon Kozak gave us everything. Some might think it cliché to say Pon Kozak was Tryzub. He was.