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Slamtastic Scholarship Fund

Biennial hoops game a success

On Saturday, Feb. 1, Garden City elementary and primary school students were treated to an exciting basketball exhibition between some of their very own teachers and the slamtastic Harlem Wizards. The semi-annual matchup was held in the Garden City High School gymnasium and benefited the Garden City Scholarship Fund.

After a close game filled with everything from slam-dunks to a Harlem Shake video, the Wizards came away with a victory over the teachers with a final score of 95 to 91.  

The game was a big event for the community, and a lot of fun for everyone involved, not just the students. The Wizards themselves love getting to give back and play against the faculty.  

“We get to beat up on some teachers and some principals for sending us to detention all those years ago,” says LaMarvon “Mr. 540” Jackson, who spent some time before the game working the merchandise table and taking pictures with kids.  

Jackson says he’s seen it all while playing for the Wizards: people shooting in the wrong hoop, 60 and 70 year-olds suiting up to play, even some teachers who’ve never held a basketball before.  

“You just never know what you’re going to get at a Wizards game,” he says.    

That statement sums up the game perfectly. The Wizards kept things lively, with a close score all the way up until the game’s final moments. And there were plenty of madcap antics along the way to keep the kids entertained.  

Besides all the alley-oops and dunking, there was lots of audience involvement too. One game mom from the crowd had to dance her way back to a stolen purse. A teacher was made to take a foul shot with his shorts pulled up to his chest. And a few lucky kids were selected to participate in games for prizes in between quarters.   

All of the teachers were treated to some new nicknames courtesy of the commentator. These ranged from “Air Mommy” to “Mr. Clean” to “Joe Pesci” and were a hit with the kids as well. All the students in attendance were also invited to join in a massive game of Simon Says and participate in a “Harlem Shake” video before the last quarter.  

Eric “Broadway” Jones offered the teachers several chances to catch up by bumping their score to 55 at the start of the second half, giving them a ten-point lead, as well as occasionally changing the value of the teachers’ baskets to five or seven points. It was all to no avail however, and the Wizards came out on top.

High school principal Nanine McLaughlin says that in the past as much as $15,000 in scholarships has gone out to graduating seniors.  The Wizards basketball games, held every two years, are a great fundraiser for the Scholarship Fund. Parents and students alike volunteer at concession stands and selling raffle tickets.

“It’s a great organization, everyone is a volunteer and they work really hard,” McLaughlin says.

Boy Scout Troop 55 also assisted by collecting tickets and stamping hands at the gymnasium’s doors. They have a history of volunteering at the Wizards games for community service, and Scoutmaster John O’Hare says the kids love it.  

“I think it’s awesome the way the teachers get beat by the Wizards,” O’Hare joked.    

The event was sponsored by Garden City Pizza, Sports Loft, and D and J Refreshments.      

The money raised goes primarily to club scholarships. Advisors nominate an outstanding senior for their contributions to the club.  There is also an “Unsung Hero” scholarship that involves a student nominating one of their classmates and writing an essay about their accomplishments. If selected for the scholarship, both students receive aid.  

Art Ciccone, president of the Scholarship Fund, says that it all started with a donation made by the late Julia Maloney, who served the community as an elementary school teacher in Garden City for 47 years.       

The Wizards expect to play more than 300 games this season and anticipate raising in excess of $1 million for various causes by squaring off against teachers, coaches, and community leaders around the country.

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Yoshi

Just like the Mario character, this little guy will keep you smiling all day long. Yoshi happily greets all people he meets, gets along well with his fellow canines, and loves long walks and petting sessions. Yoshi would make a wonderful addition in just about any home.

New leaders In Garden City Public Schools

Due to retirements, Garden City Public Schools is welcoming two new administrators: Dawn Cerrone will serve as the director of Athletics and Physical Education, and Lynette Abruzzo was appointed as the director of Pupil Personnel Services.

Cerrone was awarded her building and district administrative certificates from Albany’s College of St. Rose in 2008 and 2009, respectively. She received her Master’s in Health Education from Hofstra University in 1989 and her Bachelor’s in Physical Education from St. Bonaventure University in 1986.


Sports

Fall Roller Hockey Programs Announced

The Garden City Recreation and Parks Department will once again offer various roller hockey programs this fall for both youth & adults who reside in the Inc. Village of Garden City. Whether you played in the past or looking to get involved, there is no better time to sign up and experience all the fun. All programs take place at the roller rink located at Community Park. Please note at this time, the recreation department is just announcing its programs. Fees and registration information will be announced at a later date.

This season, the roller hockey programs are broken down into grades. Please pay careful attention as grades and dates/times have changed:

Garden City gals lead FLG

to three championships

The FLG 2018 girls have established themselves as one of FLG’s premier teams of the summer. Garden City’s Julia Kavan and Anna Mandaro at the midfield and Megan Sprotte and Ann Sullivan defensively led their team to three championships this summer. The girls “really started to gel and play as a unit,” said Coach McGinty, successfully executing new plays, transitioning well and crashing on defense. With the improvements across the board, the team hasn’t lost a game since the first tournament of the summer. These girls were leaders on and off the field and are taking FLG Girls Lacrosse to the next level.


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Tuesday, Aug. 26



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