The other day I woke up to this text from my Garden City friend, Claire LoRusso: “I need help. I am running a half marathon in October. I have not run in years. Where do I start? Miss you.” I got giddy, in a dorky way, because I always get excited when someone wants to run.
In this case, however, it was more of a “Welcome back, Claire.”
Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Councilwoman Lee Seeman recently attended the 37th Annual New Hyde Park 8k Championship Race, organized by the New Hyde Park Runners Club. Bosworth presented awards to overall winners and those who placed in each age group of the nearly 5-mile race, including women’s overall winner Tara Wilson, and men’s overall winner Boyd Carrington. Proceeds from the race will benefit Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warriors.
The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.
Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.
“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”
As a junior last year at Kellenberg Memorial High School, Joseph Gasparini, of Floral Park, was recently awarded the Most Improved Award for the Kellenberg Boys Varsity Track team. Gasparini‘s effort over the course of the track season set him apart as an athlete worthy of recognition for his improvement.
Megan Nugent, a recent graduate of Kellenberg Memorial High School, was awarded the Bernie Ward Commitment Award for her outstanding effort and devotion to the Girls Varsity Track team. Nugent, of Floral Park, earned the award through her hard work and dedication to the team.
Danny Green, fresh off an NBA Championship with the San Antonio Spurs, is giving back to his community on Long Island. At the annual Team Green Basketball Skills Camp 2014, more than 60 local youths had a week filled with basketball, instruction, and fun at Floral Park Memorial High School.
Even though the NBA Finals ended more than a month ago, Green is still basking in the glory that comes with a championship. “It still hasn’t hit me yet,” he said of winning the title. “When you get noticed in New York, it says a lot,” he added. “People want me to come places because of what we accomplished this year.”
Last week at Mitchel Field, Richard “Big Daddy” Salgado brought his two communities together for an unforgettable week of football, fun, and memories with the help of local high school coaches from Floral Park Memorial and Sewanhaka high schools.
Salgado’s first community is his hometown. Raised in New Hyde Park, the 48-year-old former pro said he wanted to “give back to the kids from the same neighborhoods that we grew up in.” After his football career ended, Salgado became an insurance advisor, and is now the founder and CEO of Coastal Advisors LLC.
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.”
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