Friday, 18 May 2012 00:00
The starting squads for the Elmont Spartans vs. Henry Viscardi Cougars wheelchair basketball game rematch were announced Saturday, May 12 in the run-up to the Martins Classic 3-on-3 Tournament on July 14. The announcement was made during a special meeting of tournament organizers, volunteers and community members at the First Church of God in Elmont. More than 200 volunteers filled the church for the meeting with Senator Jack Martins and State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.
The annual basketball game is a crowd favorite each year at the Martins Classic held at the Dutch Broadway School in Elmont. This year the Viscardi-Elmont game will highlight the tournament, which will also include basketball games, 7-on-7 football, soccer games, lacrosse games, a slam dunk contest and three-point shoot out coinciding with special events.
The game series started last year where the two teams matched up for an exciting round of wheelchair basketball with the Spartans and Cougars battling for the 3-on-3 trophy. New York Knick legend John Starks tossed the game opening “jump ball.”
“Without a doubt, the Viscardi-Elmont game is one of the highlights of the 3-on-3 tournament,” Martins said. “It’s an incredible exhibition that electrifies the crowd and makes this day very special.”
“This year’s game is going to be very exciting,” said Spartans team captain Kyle Johnson. “The Spartans are ready and we are really honored to be playing in the rematch game with the Henry Viscardi School.”
This year, the Elmont Spartans squad will be made up of boys and girls from all athletic teams in the school. Johnson and Goldie Harrison will lead them. Rounding out the Elmont team are Michael Dugue, Reginald Pierre, Ben Odugbesan, Michael Braun, Bria Fisher, Sahadia Cadet, Jeffrey Cadet, Kyla Ridley, Beatrice Pierre and Elijah Ross.
The Henry Viscardi School team is being coached by Joe Slaninka. The team consists of Jayson Torres, Jared Connolly, Alexa Williams, Chris Scharrer, Matt Zelen, Chris Allen, Mya Forbes, Peyton Tansey, Chris Alvarez, Kristian Rosado, Angel Acosta, Emma Greenfield, Mariah Sepulveda, Rachel Gross, Mary Rom, Ron Kort, Malkeet Singh-Gill and Brian Faithfull.
“We are looking forward to another great 3-on-3 tournament in Elmont,” Slaninka noted. “Last year’s game was a lot of fun and our squad can’t wait to defend our title against the Elmont Spartans.”
“The wheelchair basketball game rematch with the Elmont Spartans and Viscardi Cougars is the talk of the town,” said Skelos. “I really look forward to the opening tip off and cheering on the teams with Senator Jack Martins.”
“I’m really proud of this tournament and all they do to make this community day so special for our young people,” said Hempstead Town Councilman Ed Ambrosino. “The wheelchair basketball game has become such an important part of this day and I can’t wait for the tournament.
To obtain tournament forms, go to nysenate.gov, click Senator Jack Martins’ link, and then click the Martins Classic 3-on-3 link. All information, forms and frequently asked questions can be found on the site. For more information, call Senator Martins’ office at 516-746-5924.