Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00
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?”
The camp started off at 9 a.m. and from 9-10, the kids went through speed and agility training, according to camp counselor Joe Lynch. From 10-11, the rising stars scrimmaged against each other and from 11 to noon, campers learned shooting and ball handling from the camp counselors. After lunch at 1, campers had the chance to play their coaches and even go on the court with one of the best players in the world. The camp also provided contests and prizes at the end of the day.
“They are a great group of kids,” said Lynch. “Everyone tells him [Green] how great of a time their son or daughters had and it’s their kids’ favorite camp they’ve been to.”
The Village of Floral Park was just as happy to have their Long Island hero back for another year. According to Jim Jackson, athletic director of Floral Park Memorial, having Green back was something they had to make sure happened for a second year.
“The kids are really excited,” said Jackman. “It’s great to have a great role model like Danny Green to be here to represent the community.”
The area’s support of the former Long Island native has been expressed via social networks during the Finals and throughout the season. As much as the Nassau County towns need their local NBA star, Green also needs them as well.
“It’s great to have support from your community,” says Green. “It can either make you or break you and to have support from the community feels good. Whenever you make someone proud, it makes you feel proud of yourself.”
Although the spotlight may have been on Green in Miami during the NBA Finals, the spotlight here shines brightest on the campers who look forward to summer to start the basketball camp, like 12-year old Floral Park native, Andrew Viscaglia.
“It’s really exciting to have Danny here,” said the second year Team Green camper. “It’s great knowing that there are people like him who want to help kids.”
For the former Tar Heel who now seems larger then life, he hasn’t forgotten his roots and how he grew to be the player he is today, and that’s what he teaches the kids at his camps.
“I was once one of you guys,” Green tells the kids at the camp. “I wasn’t the fastest or strongest but I had a little bit. I had to work on shooting because I wanted to be the best.
If you try to be the best and if you give it your all, anything can happen.”
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00
The Floral Park Recreation Summer 2014 programs have now reached their half way point. While youngsters still have four more weeks of camps and activities, the night time volleyball and basketball programs are now gearing up for their final push to the playoff and championship rounds. Of the 55 adult teams competing, only Madness and Chaos (B league basketball) and Poppy’s (Women’s competitive volleyball) have managed to move through the season without a blemish on their records. Playoffs for volleyball are on Aug. 6 and Aug. 7, while basketball quarterfinals begin Thursday, July 31. Family, friends and spectators are always welcome. Good luck to all teams and players during their quest to become Floral Park’s Champions of the Summer of 2014.
As in past years, the Floral Park Recreation Department sprinkled in some expert instruction along with the recreational format of the various camps. Many thanks go out to Lisa O’Grady (OLV volleyball coach) for presenting an excellent volleyball clinic for our beginning junior players. Once again, Nassau Community College football Coach Ed Mack and his players have volunteered their time to give a few pointers for all youngsters grades 4 and above on Wednesday, June 30. The junior football clinic kicks off at 8:30 a.m., while senior campers (grades 7 and above) will receive instruction beginning at 10 a.m. Some features will include pass and catch techniques and NFL style agility drills. All Floral Park youth entering grades 4 and above are invited to attend. At that same time, Chris Schneider, outstanding and championship basketball coach at both St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart, will be on hand to present a comprehensive basketball clinic for both our junior and senior future female basketball stars.
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00
The 36th annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow-Wow will be held at the Queens County Farm Museum from Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27. It is the longest-running American Indian Pow-Wow and will feature three days of inter-tribal Native American Dance Competitions.
More than 40 Indian nations will be represented. Chanting, drumming and brilliantly-colored, finely-detailed regalia will provide stimulating entertainment for people of all ages. All dance competitions and performances will be narrated for your appreciation of the rich tradition and culture that is being shared. American Indian art and craft vendors will offer a unique array of times for shoppers.