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Local former soccer pro inducted into Ukrainian Sports Hall of Fame

Local former soccer pro inducted into Ukrainian Sports Hall of Fame

When former professional soccer player Nik Owcharuk found out he was really getting inducted into the Ukrainian Sports Hall of Fame, he decided he was going to enjoy it. The endlessly energetic and colorful Carmel Valley resident had a trick up his sleeve for the induction ceremony at the Ukrainian Sports Museum and Hall of Fame in Whippany, New Jersey on Sept. 16 or, more accurately, in his hand.

After his name was called, he cued his phone to play the song “Hall of Fame” by The Script as his personal walk-up music to the stage, prompting laughter and cheers from the crowd.

Nik Owcharuk

Owcharuk, 62, had a 10-year career as a professional soccer goalkeeper in the late...

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