Written by Ed Rotondo, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00
The 57th year of the Garden City Athletic Association’s (GCAA) baseball, softball and Challenger Division seasons got underway with the Opening Day parade on Saturday, April 6.
Once the crowd gathered at the village gazebo, Al Vanesco, GCAA president, introduced Mayor John Watras for the ceremonial throwing out of the first ball. Before tossing a fresh set of baseballs out to the young boys and girls, Watras told the group “we are looking for good sportsmanship, respect for our coaches and players, and to build a solid learning environment, but most of all, to go out and have fun.”
The mayor then led the group of trustees and GCAA board members to toss out the first pitch to the eager girls and boys.
With the first pitch completed, it was time for the guests of honor to pick the top four banners that marched in the parade and were on display. The group selected the Boston Red Sox (with real red socks hanging), Oakland A’s (one of the most colorful), Chicago Cubs (excellent mascot replica) and a hometown favorite, the New York Yankees.
The baseball players ranged from five years old in the Rookie League up to seventeen-year-olds in the Senior League. Except for the Rookie League, which plays only on Saturdays, teams normally play twice a week, one weeknight game and once on Saturdays. The regular season takes the teams through early June. For age groups 9 and above, the teams will compete in playoffs that lead up to Championship Saturday
At the end of the season tournament teams are selected for several of the age groups and they go on to compete in local and national tournaments – maybe even getting to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA.
The girls softball division is organized into five leagues with the youngest in kindergarten playing twice a week in a clinic setting. The remainder of the divisions go up to and include eighth grade, and they play the majority of their games on week nights.
The Garden City Athletic Association also supports the local chapter of the Challenger Division, which has as its most fundamental goal to give everyone a chance to play, regardless of limitations. The baseball program consists of games as well as clinics designed to teach and improve the skill level of those children involved so that these youngsters become part of a regular athletic program. The Challenger Division plays its games each Saturday at the Garden City Community Baseball fields (#1 and 3) right behind the Garden City pool.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
On Sunday, Nov. 3, a walk-a-thon was held to benefit Camp Anchor, a year-round recreation program for citizens with both mental and physical handicaps. The walk-a-thon was coordinated by Garden City resident and Kellenberg Senior Christina DiMasso, and Kellenberg Junior Brendan Callahan, who both work at the camp. “I did this because Camp Anchor has been so great for my brother, Thomas, who struggles with autism,” Callahan said. “I have also grown so much through volunteering there these past three summers.”
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
For some people, giving back provides an inherent reward through the simple satisfaction of helping others. Garden City resident Gregory Burke is one of those people. A known philanthropist and supporter of various important causes, Burke’s gift to Winthrop-University Hospital is no exception to his generosity.
Recently, Burke presented Kevin T. Curran, member of Winthrop’s Board of Directors, with a $25,000 gift in support of the hospital’s new Research and Academic Center. The center, scheduled to be completed in late 2014, will focus on the research of diabetes, obesity and the cardiometabolic complications that arise from those conditions, as well as other pressing national and local health issues, including reducing premature births and treating conditions related to aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The 36th Annual Garden City Turkey Trot was held on a sunny but cold and windy Thanksgiving day. The frigid temperatures were no match for the more than 5,000 runners who ran in Long Island’s largest Thanksgiving day road race. The Turkey Trot consists of three races—a Challenger Division Race for courageous special needs athletes, a 1.4-mile Fun Run and a challenging 5-mile race.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:19
Knowing they were facing off against a very physical team which had made the States for the last two consecutive years, the Garden City Wings Varsity Ice Hockey teammates discussed strategies in the locker room at the Bethpage Ice Arena. Alex Feinstein’s past netminding experiences for the Sailors would prove valuable to them as he drew upon his insight in how to compete against them effectively. Playing with the Garden City Wings team, together they crushed the Oceanside Sailors 7-2, earning their first Varsity win of the season in Nassau County High School Hockey League. Feinsten faced 30 shots while his teammates unloaded 24 on the opposing goalie.