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Garden City Challengers

one of 400 teams at tourney

The Nassau Police Activity League (NCPAL) Youth Lacrosse Festival consisted of two big days of competition at the Farmingdale College campus to mark the end of the lacrosse season. According to NCPAL County Director of Lacrosse Operations Jim Howell, “It is the largest in the country.” More than 7,500 girls and boys, in grades 2 through 6, from 54 communities across Nassau County, made up 400 teams, with every community represented including Special Needs Unit teams: the Levittown Knights and the Garden City Challengers.

NCPAL Special Needs Lacrosse Director and PAL Festival Chairman Mike Nelson said, “This is the one time all the players come together in one place to compete in games that are scheduled throughout the day, girls competed on Saturday, boys on Sunday. The young people enjoyed playing the games and getting plenty fresh air and healthy exercise at the college in Farmingdale. It was an end-of-season celebration; the scores didn’t matter. I thank all the volunteers, coaches, referees and parents for all their efforts in making it a great weekend festival.”    

This year the funds raised at the festival will be donated to Jill Howell Foundation Scholarship Fund and the NCPAL Special Needs Unit. In addition to the games and other festival activities, a drive to collect gently used sports equipment to be used in new sports programs was very successful.  

For information about NCPAL youth programs visit www.nassaucountypal.org and for NCPAL Lacrosse Special Needs programs visit www.specialneedspal.org

News

In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:

New online company debuts

Two Long Island childhood friends, Scott Reich and Michael Winik, recently left their respective careers as an attorney and investment banker to pursue their dream of starting a business together, online food market OurHarvest.

“When Mike and I decided to start a business, we knew it had to reflect our shared love of food, address the lifestyles of our fellow Long Islanders, and be socially responsible,” said Reich.


Sports

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at ajgarger@verizon.net or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League


Calendar

Garden City High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

A Map Of Artistic Inspiration

Saturday, November 1



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