Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum was buzzing with excitement at the 13th Annual Draft Party. With the New York Islanders qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 season, expectations for building off this past season’s success are running high. Given the fact that the team is slated to move to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for the 2015-16 season, the window is closing fast for the Isles to make a run while still playing in the team’s original barn.
As in past years, the draft party offered plenty to check out whether it was fun and games for children such as NHL Super Deker, where they can show off their puck handling skills or NHL Shut Out, where kids could practice blocking shots as a goalie in a virtual reality world. There were also carnival related rides and bounce houses. Adult attendees were treated to a tour of the team’s locker room in addition to several hockey memorabilia displays catering to old and new generations of hockey fanatics.
Approximately 75 of the village’s best young soccer players got to experience what it is like to play with one of the best players in the world. On a recent Friday evening, the Garden City Centennials held a clinic given by U.S. National Team player Heather O’Reilly for the Under 10–12 girls travel teams. O’Reilly began her career with her first international goal in 2002 and has been a key player in three Olympic gold medal wins and two World Cups, as well as owning the longest consecutive games played for the U.S. Women’s team.
School has ended. Have you registered for the recreation department’s summer camps yet? The recreation camps are rapidly filling. Many one-week camps are offered for ages 3 to 14 in the village in various activities. To find a list of offerings, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. or www.gardencityrecreation.org.
The Department of Recreation and Parks is pleased to announce the list of performers for its Summer Gazebo Concert Series.
July 11 – Buddy Merriam and Back Roads
The Garden City youth lacrosse program, along with the Jay Gallagher Memorial Foundation, hosted the Sixteenth Annual Jay Gallagher Memorial Tournament on June 15 and 16. The tournament annually raises funds and public awareness for the Andy Foundation, the Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation and the Miracle Foundation. The Jay Gallagher Foundation, through gifting to The Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop University Hospital, is dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults diagnosed with cancer, concentrating on building cancer awareness with the ultimate goal of a cure.
Over the last 15 years, the tournament has raised over $700,000 for the various programs that it supports. The tournament memorializes Jay Gallagher, Andrew Palmeri, Mollie Biggane, Ryan Kohart and David Leistman. Ryan and David were lost in the September 11 tragedy and both were significant contributors to lacrosse programs in the area.
The fourth time proved to be the charm for Adelphi University’s athletic program as the Northeast-10 Conference announced them as the 2012-2013 President’s Cup recipients earlier this month.
In its fourth year in the conference, Adelphi scored a total of 177 points to beat out school such as Bentley and Stonehill. The Presidents’ Cup is presented annually to signify overall athletic excellence in the conference and awarded to the institution that compiles the most overall points, based on their final regular-season standings from all of their programs.
Garden City High School held their annual G.A.A.–B.A.A. Awards Banquet on June 3 at Chateau Briand in Westbury. The event is sponsored each year by The Men’s Association of Garden City and honors the many senior student athletes and major award winning underclassmen for their accomplishments throughout the school year. And Garden City has many!
The Girls and Boys Athletics Associations have a rich tradition and history and continue to dedicate themselves to the Garden City athletics program each year. BAA President Christian Capozzi opened the night by introducing the officers of both associations as well as leading the attendees in the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Garden City Centennials held their annual year-end Soccer Fest at St. Paul’s on Saturday, June 1. The day-long event is the culmination of the soccer season for the more than 2,100 young girls and boys that participate in one of the many programs the Centennials offer. Highlighted by the giving out of the annual awards to all players, the youngsters also enjoyed the fun games and activities throughout the day. Soccer Fest also represented the close of the travel season for the 41 girls and boys teams that compete in the Long Island Junior Soccer League. And with 39 travel teams, the Centennials have become one of the top programs not only on Long Island, but in New York State.
Not too many attorneys have made their way to glory in the boxing ring. Roseanne “Ro-Hammad Ali” Beovich hopes to become the first when she participates in the 10th annual Long Island Fight for Charity event on November 25 at the Hilton of Melville.
Beovich, an associate attorney at Genser, Dubow, Genser & Cona, LLP in Melville, has no formal boxing experience but “became interested in boxing because I like to try new sports and find activities that will challenge me.”
The Garden City varsity baseball team wrapped up a successful season with a tough loss to Seaford in the second round of the playoffs.
With a team that was built on strong pitching, solid defense and timely hitting, the Garden City Trojans may have surprised a few teams along the way to their terrific season—one that they hoped would have lasted a little longer. But for the graduating group of seniors who formed the core of the team that has played together for many years the only surprise is that it ended so abruptly. As one of the fathers told me as we watched a game from the ‘dads section’ behind home plate, “this group goes back to their first days of lacing up their cleats and picking up a glove, they’ve been together many years—and they still really enjoy playing together. Baseball gave them a bond that will never be broken.”
Registration has begun for the recreation department’s summer camps. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Please pay careful attention to the age/grade requirements as they are strictly enforced.
Summer brochures may be downloaded from the website at www.gardencityrecreation.org. To register, pick up a summer brochure at the recreation office, St. Paul’s, Community Park, or download it from www.gardencityrecreation.org. You can also make your own by listing your child’s name, address, phone number, birth date, grade he/she will be entering in September and the session and classes for which you are registering with a first and second choice. Mail all information with full payment to the Garden City Recreation Department at 108 Rockaway Ave. Make sure you are making the check out to the correct entity as listed on the application. Please make selections carefully as fees are not returnable.
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