For hundreds of youngsters, the official start of the Floral Park Recreation Center’s 2014 Summer Season began in a glorious fashion on Monday, June 30. Under the direction of eight sports counselors, young ladies had a wonderful time creating new routines and cheers during the week long cheerleading camp. While girls were shouting out with joy, over 140 boys participated in four divisions as part of the two week basketball camps.
Sixteen games are played daily from Monday through Thursday. A specialized program, combining instruction, half court and full court play was designed for fourth graders.
Danny Green of the San Antonio Spurs will be holding a youth basketball camp at Floral Park High School through Thursday, July 10. The camp is part of the third annual Team Green Basketball Skills Camp. It is open to boys and girls from kindergarten all the way though high school. Originally from North Babylon, Green won an NCAA Championship with the University of North Carolina in 2009. Just a few weeks ago, he and the San Antonio Spurs beat LeBron James and the Miami Heat to capture his first NBA title, and the Spurs fifth overall. Green isn’t the only one basking in the moment.
As an eighth-grader, Celeste Pipia wasn’t thinking much about shot put.
She was a goalie on the Sewanhaka Indians junior high girls soccer team, when coach Jamie Celona noticed Pipia’s strength. Eventually, Celona suggested to Pipia to take a physical test and try out for shot put for the varsity track and field team.
Almost five years later and Pipia has taken full advantage of that opportunity.
Sewanhaka High School’s football standout Elijah Smith is taking his talents to Monroe College after receiving a partial scholarship for this coming fall.
Smith’s electric speed and versatile play as a slot wide receiver and defensive back for the Indians, as well as punter and punt returner, helped catch the eye of those at Monroe College.
To succeed at the college level, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound Smith says he has to continue to hit the weight room in order to get bigger and “put more meat on my bones.”
Are you looking to get in shape this summer? The Town of North Hempstead offers boot camp and personal training at Gerry Pond Park and Michael J. Tully Park on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 to 10 a.m.
The classes at Gerry Pond Park take place outside and the classes at Michael J. Tully will be held inside the fitness center.
Hungry contenders shared the winners’ circle at the 35th Annual Long Island Arm Wrestling Championships, at the Universal Health and Fitness Expo at Nassau Coliseum on June 14, including local strong arm Arjun Nagpal, of Floral Park. Nagpal took third place in both right and left hand contests.
The New York Arm Wrestling Association event drew 89 contestants and more than 2,000 spectators, die-hard fans and family and friends cheering for both the favorites and the underdogs in an awesome display of strength, endurance and explosive raw energy. Contestants competed both locally and from as far away as New Zealand.
Sewanhaka High School honored its senior athletes who received scholarships to colleges for the upcoming fall semester on June 9.
Celestina Pipia is attending University of Massachusetts Lowell for track and field, Kristina Genova is headed to LIU Brooklyn for bowling, Tyler Regnieris will be attending Rutgers University for soccer and Dominick Roberge is attending University of Bridgeport for soccer, while Elijah Smith will attend Monroe College for football.
Saturday, June 14 is marked prominently on many Floral Park residents’ calendars and for one good reason, other than it is Flag Day. The Floral Park pools officially open for the season. Hours for opening day at 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The pool will be open throughout the summer from 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. through Labor Day weekend. For more information, pool membership and recreation center classes and events, call 516-326-6336. (Photo by Christy Hinko)
On Friday, June 6, dozens of local athletes took to the courts at the Floral Park Recreation Center for some friendly pickup games of basketball and to enjoy the nearly perfect weather. This group of friends had recently reconnected, while many of them are on summer break, home from college. (Photo by Christy Hinko)
On Wednesday, June 25 the Run Start program – designed for those who have been meaning to try running but haven’t been sure how get started – will kick off on the track at Bethpage High School at 6:30 p.m. The program will be conducted by the Greater Long Island Running Club, and it will run on 10 consecutive Wednesday evenings, leading up to participation in the Farmingdale Mile on Aug. 30.
Under the guidance of USA Track & Field Association certified coaches Deborah Blair, Ed Melnik and Bob Cook, and sports injury prevention specialist Dr. Steven Jonas, beginners will be taught how to get started and train properly.
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