Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Excitement is building for the 10th anniversary of the Martins Classic 3on3 Basketball Tournament being played on July 13 at the Dutch Broadway School. Tournament organizers announced that Senator Jack Martins, the New York Cosmos, Elmont Soccer Club and Villanova University have teamed up with 3on3 in sponsoring a Soccer Cup challenge to be played in memory of Karen Rodgers-Dennis who served as a volunteer at the tournament.
“This Soccer Cup means so much to my family. The Cosmos have a long history with the Elmont, Floral Park and Franklin Square communities. Many of my best friends were a part of the Cosmos Academy and the Soccer Cup Challenge continues a tradition of Soccer Excellence during the greatest day of the Summer- the Senator Martins 3on3 Tournament. On behalf of my entire family, I can’t thank everyone enough for this honor,” said Aaron Dennis.
The Soccer Cup will pit area high schools and teams from the greater community in a fast paced soccer tournament. The Elmont Soccer Club will also be hosting a soccer arena intramural skills challenge with local soccer stars. Mini clinics and games for elementary school soccer players will run throughout the day with a soccer shoot out challenge as a capstone.
“This is an incredible partnership between the tournament, the Cosmos, Elmont Soccer and Villanova University,” Tournament Chairman Scott Cushing said. “When we approached the Cosmos and Villanova about being a part of the Soccer Cup, they immediately said yes and have been working very hard with our volunteers ever since. The soccer cup will no doubt electrify the tournament and will be fun for all of our up and coming soccer stars!”
New York Cosmos Head Coach Giovani Savarese and his team attended a 3on3 Tournament committee meeting recently, where over 340 volunteers jammed the Dutch Broadway School cafeteria to listen to tournament committee preparations and hear from the Cosmos. Savarese was a soccer star from Venezuela who played on the Metro Stars where he scored over 80 goals. He also played for the New England Revolution, Italian Club Perugia, San Jose Earthquakes, Swansea City, Millwall, and Eportivo Italchacao.
“It’s a very big honor to be working with the 3on3, Senator Martins, Elmont Soccer and all of the volunteers and community members from Elmont, Franklin Square, Floral Park and South Floral Park,” said Savarese adding, “the tournament is a big part of the greater community and the Cosmos are very honored to be a part of your day. Aaron Dennis played for our Cosmos Academy and we are so proud of him and this tournament for playing this Cup in memory of his mother.”
Teams have already signed up to play in the cup including squads from Carey High School, Floral Park Memorial, Elmont Memorial, Sewanhaka, Mineola, Valley Stream Central, Manhasset, New Hyde Park, Great Neck North, Great Neck South, Villanova, Old Westbury and several Elmont Graduate Squads. The games will be played in a 7-on-7 rotation.
“Having the Cosmos as a partner in this tournament means so much to our young people and families throughout our greater community,” Martins said. “Gio Savarese and the entire Cosmos team are helping make this day something to remember for a very long time.”
The chairpersons for the Soccer Cup include Karen’s children, Aaron, Aidan and Maya Dennis. Rounding out the committee are Martins, Senator Dean Skelos, Mustapha Allanah, Scott Cushing, Patrick Corvetti, Darian Bryan, Donald Bryan, Ahkeel Rodney, Joseph G. Cairo, Jr., DJ Monumental, Jonathan Lewis, Richard DeBrosse, Roger Williams, Alex Bowen, Stephane Owusu-Sarpong, Lateef Adeyemi, Dillon Williams, Daniel Alexander, Justin Okoro, Funlola Otokoya, Gary Connell, Jules Riche, Akeem Morris, Aaron Buissereth, Qusarn Caldwell, Tristan Brown, Richard Robinson, Marcel Hostin, Isaiah Jackson, Marvin Lee, Jason Allen and Joseph Thomas.
Tournament forms and information to play basketball, soccer, football, lacrosse and more can be found by going to the Martins Classic website, http://www.nysenate.gov/initiative/2013-senator-jack-martins-classic
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00
The Floral Park Recreation Summer 2014 programs have now reached their half way point. While youngsters still have four more weeks of camps and activities, the night time volleyball and basketball programs are now gearing up for their final push to the playoff and championship rounds. Of the 55 adult teams competing, only Madness and Chaos (B league basketball) and Poppy’s (Women’s competitive volleyball) have managed to move through the season without a blemish on their records. Playoffs for volleyball are on Aug. 6 and Aug. 7, while basketball quarterfinals begin Thursday, July 31. Family, friends and spectators are always welcome. Good luck to all teams and players during their quest to become Floral Park’s Champions of the Summer of 2014.
As in past years, the Floral Park Recreation Department sprinkled in some expert instruction along with the recreational format of the various camps. Many thanks go out to Lisa O’Grady (OLV volleyball coach) for presenting an excellent volleyball clinic for our beginning junior players. Once again, Nassau Community College football Coach Ed Mack and his players have volunteered their time to give a few pointers for all youngsters grades 4 and above on Wednesday, June 30. The junior football clinic kicks off at 8:30 a.m., while senior campers (grades 7 and above) will receive instruction beginning at 10 a.m. Some features will include pass and catch techniques and NFL style agility drills. All Floral Park youth entering grades 4 and above are invited to attend. At that same time, Chris Schneider, outstanding and championship basketball coach at both St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart, will be on hand to present a comprehensive basketball clinic for both our junior and senior future female basketball stars.
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00
The 36th annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow-Wow will be held at the Queens County Farm Museum from Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27. It is the longest-running American Indian Pow-Wow and will feature three days of inter-tribal Native American Dance Competitions.
More than 40 Indian nations will be represented. Chanting, drumming and brilliantly-colored, finely-detailed regalia will provide stimulating entertainment for people of all ages. All dance competitions and performances will be narrated for your appreciation of the rich tradition and culture that is being shared. American Indian art and craft vendors will offer a unique array of times for shoppers.