In its 15th consecutive year, the Outback Steakhouse Empire Challenge at Hofstra University will highlight the brightest football talent from New York City and Long Island in an effort to raise money and awareness to fight cystic fibrosis and support youth football in the New York metropolitan area. Kickoff for the event is set for 7:30 p.m., with gates opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and are available at the James M. Shuart Stadium ticket booth on game day, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Boomer Esiason, former NFL quarterback, CBS analyst, and chairman for the Boomer Esiason Foundation announced the event, which will be held June 22 at the James M. Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University. Some of the highlights of the day’s event include:
The following Hicksville Comet Track athletes qualified for the Nassau County High School Track and Field Championships at The Mitchell Field Athletic Complex in Uniondale.
The 4x100M Relay team consists of Vinay Kumbar, Kevin Brewer, Robert Karman and Matthew Ellis. The 4x400M Relay Team is Brian Shea, Andy Smulcheski, Colten Walsh and Tyler Kurzner. Matt Liebl and James McCarthy qualified for the Discus, while Robby Karman also qualified for the 100M Sprint.
The Hicksville High School track coaches are Christina Fama and Craig Stuber.
Pictured is Hicksville Comet 100 meter sprinter Robert Karman and Track Coach Craig Stuber at Nassau County High School Track Championships.
Long Island community members are invited to join New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) for the annual Walk with Us to Cure Lupus program. The walk will be held on Saturday, June 12, at NYIT’s campus in Old Westbury.
Students at Hicksville’s Epic Martial Arts are preparing for the Long Island Open Karate Tournament and the Just For Champions Karate Tournament after placing in the top of their respective divisions, including Katas, Sparring and Weapons. At the Just For Champions Hall of Fame Banquet, Sensei Nick DeLuca and Sensei Stacey DeLuca were each presented with the Elite Silver Warrior Lifetime Achievement Award for 20 years of dedication to the Martial Arts. Sensei Michelle Del Giorno was also presented with the Golden Warrior Lifetime Achievement Award for 30 years of dedication to the Martial Arts.
Hicksville’s Anna Lau was among the 150 endurance athletes who successfully completed the 8th annual Long Island Greenbelt Trail Runs on May 8. The 48-year-old completed the 25 Kilometer Run in 3 hours, 21 minutes and 25 seconds, scoring as the 8th woman overall. It was the second consecutive year Lau has successfully completed the 25K Run, and she was seven minutes faster than in 2009.
On April 30, Martial Arts America in Hicksville hosted its annual Black Belt Extravaganza at SUNY Old Westbury’s McGuire Theater. A total of 26 black belts were honored in a Traditional Fire and Water Black Belt Ceremony. The parents and spouses of the new black belts were part of the ceremony as well. The extravaganza was a showcase for all the black belts to demonstrate their proficiency in various aspects of their training, along with over 200 other students of the school graduating to their next belt level from age 4- to 64-years old. There were over 500 spectators on hand to see the event.
On Saturday June 12, the FDNY is sponsoring the second annual Tommy O Memorial 5k Run/Walk. This event honors the memory of Tommy Orlando, a NYC firefighter who died tragically on Dec. 4, 2008. Tommy was a community activist and very involved in youth sports in Hicksville.
The race will be held at Wantagh Park, rain or shine. On site registration begins at 10 am and the race will start at 11 am. All race participants will receive a T-shirt. Refreshments will be served following the race.
Despite the rain, more than 300 participants rallied together in support of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s Healthy Living initiative at the Inaugural “Girls Go the Distance” Walkathon on April 25 at Jones Beach.
“We commend our walk participants for braving the elements and coming out to walk with us!” said Donna Ceravolo, executive director of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. “We cannot thank our sponsors, volunteers, board members, walk attendees and local community enough for their support of our organization and our Healthy Living initiative. Hopefully next year we’ll have less rain and more sunshine!”
In August 2009 the Underdogs softball team held a memorial softball game for Richard Greene who passed away in a house fire last July. This year they are doing it again. A second game will be held on Aug. 28, which would have been Richard’s 25th birthday, at Cantiague Park (Field D).
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