Sewanhaka High School Indians’ varsity football head coach George Kasimatis entered his fifth year with the program with a .500 record. Which could be interpreted a few different ways, if the statistics were all that mattered.
But Katsimatis is strives to do more than score points. Kasimatis believes in showing kids how hard work pays dividends—on and off the field.“As an athlete you go out there and grind something and when you finally accomplish it, you learn how to do it,” he said. “Now if you don’t get something in one of your classes, you grind it out. You study, study and study until you get it.”
Just weeks after breaking an all-time NBA record for most threes on the biggest stage in basketball, San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green recently hosted the Team Green Basketball Academy at Floral Park Memorial High School.
The camp was open to children of all skill levels from ages 5-18 and was the second year that the former St. Mary’s star hosted the camp at the Nassau County high school.
“This year there’s a lot more variety,” said Green on his second day of the camp. “A lot more kids showed up and know about it. I know more kids and know the gyms better so why not do it again?”
Mention the term cricket and people look at you like you have nine heads. “What’s that?” is the typical reaction, and not all that surprising since cricket originated in 16th England spreading with the expansion of the British Empire, especially throughout the Indies. Long Islanders generally relate a ball and bat to one thing: baseball.
Growing up in Jamaica, cricket was the norm, much like basketball or football is for Long Island youth. Instead of soccer moms, there are cricket moms. Cricket is the dream of young Caribbeaners, who idolize heroes such as fast bowler Curtly Ambrose, and the passionate pursuit of the old, who live, eat, sleep, walk and incessantly talk cricket.
Regardless of the time or day you venture to Alley Pond Park, chances are you’ll see cricket in action, whether a family having fun or a semi-professional league such as Floral
Park’s very own “ Blaze of Glory,” — which happens to be recruiting. “We’re always looking for new members,” exclaimed outfielder Ryan, with an unmistakable Indian accent.
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.
Danny Green of the San Antonio Spurs will be hosting Team Green Basketball Academy at Floral Park Memorial High School from July 8 to 11.The camp is open to children of all skill levels ages 5-18. The camp fee is $250, which includes a t-shirt, lunch, drawstring backpack, and prizes during contests.
The team, following its last Stanley Cup title in 1984, relocated to several different practice rinks throughout Long Island but hasn’t been able to recapture the magic of those Cantiague teams since.
The Floral Park Screaming Eagles Roller Hockey League is now accepting final registrations for the 2012-13 fall/winter season.
There are limited spaces available in the Squirt (Grades K and 1-2), Pee Wee (Grades 3-5), Bantam (Grades 6-8) and Junior (Grade 9-12). Registration for clinic is always open to new players, and registrants (ages 4 and up) need not have skated previously.
The 17th hole is considered to be a signature hole of the course. During the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open Championships, which were held at Bethpage Black, a loud and enthusiastic crowd helped to put a New York stamp on those tournaments. Barclays tournament directors are hoping for that same excitement as players arrive at the challenging hole.
Averill Park in Elmont was the place to be this past Saturday as organizers for an annual Deck Hockey competition fundraiser raised funds for education and research for Breast Cancer through 1 in 9, the Breast Cancer Education Coalition. Teams from around the area participated in the fundraiser in the deck hockey competition that had a record crowd. State Senator Jack Martins, 1 in 9 Director Geri Barash, Supervisor Kate Murray, Town Clerk Mark Bonilla and Nassau County Legislator Vincent Muscarella supported the effort.
Senator Martins lent his support to the effort and entered his own team “Martins Community Rockers” to the competition. The Martins team was made up of Elmont, Franklin Square, Floral Park and South Floral Park residents: Marvin Lee, John Havrylkoff, Franklin Thomas, Qusarn Caldwell, Wedly Saintil, Jonathan Peck, Mustapha Allanah and Justin Wilson.
It’s Elmont’s finest hour, and it takes the efforts of the best officials, athletes, and volunteers the town has to offer. The Senator Jack Martins Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament was held at the Dutch Broadway School on Saturday, July 14. Now in its ninth year, the event instills a sense of community spirit, with some exciting hoops action thrown in.
Indeed, basketball is at the heart of the event. Players from fifth-grade and up take each other on in a series of 3-on-3 games, sponsored by various local officials. Winners received everything from Yankee and JetBlue tickets, even diamond watches.
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