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An NBA Champ Comes Home

Danny Green to hold

basketball camp in Floral Park

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.

The Spurs fell to the Heat in the 2013 NBA Championship, so revenge felt good for the Spurs. “If (the Spurs) were to face anybody else in the finals, it would have been nice, but not as nice,” Green’s father and CEO of Team Green, Danny Green Sr., said. “It is a fairytale come true.” Now, the Green family is returning to Long Island.

“I’m really excited to host a camp in Floral Park. I’m starting to build a strong relationship with Floral Park, from hosting a successful camp there the past few years and playing in the Malone Mulhall Benefit Game in the past, it’s a great town to work with,” Danny Green Jr. said in a press release.

While the camp is for basketball, the Greens want the campers to learn more than just the game. “I want (the campers) to understand that anything is possible,” Green Sr. said. “To come from a small community on Long Island and make it to the highest level.”

The camp will go for four days next week in Floral Park, then two more sessions will be held in North Babylon at the end of July. For Green Sr, the camps are about the campers learning from the best. “We try to offer quality,” he said. “It’s great to know as a parent that you can send your kid to a safe environment. “

Green Sr. also emphasized one issue that has been debated many times in recent months. “For us, it’s important to know that you are a student-athlete,” he said. Green Sr. added that he wants the campers to know, “What it’s like to be a good teammate,” and “how to be a good human being.”

There are still spots available in the Floral Park camps. For more information, visit teamgreenba.com

News

Maybe not a scene from the rap song video, Thrift Shop, but the popular spot in Floral Park to score some of the best deals on lightly used goods and clothing, the United Methodist Church’s Thrift Shop, was just as exciting to watch when it re-opened to customers for the season. The thrift shop re-opened on Wednesday, Sept. 3 after being closed for the summer for restocking, cleaning and organizing the shelves and racks.

Thrift Shop Manager Dolores Rossi said more than nine volunteers helped throughout the summer to get the shop back into top shape for its re-opening, including her 17-year-old grandsons, Andrew Rossi of Floral Park and Jake Kennedy of New Hyde Park.

In 1963, Sewanhaka High School alumni and Floral Park resident, Adele Werthmuller pulled out her yearbook. She was on a mission and began paging through the pictures and names of her beloved classmates. She decided to look through the phone book for familiar names. She said, “I kept in contact with many of my girlfriends so I started looking for the men first.”


Calendar

Floral Park Memorial High School Class of 1964

Friday, September 12

Bellerose Village Day

Saturday, September 13

34th Annual Antique Motorcycle Show

Sunday, September 14



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