The night began at the New York Athletic Club with a rousing cheer as the 2012 NY Basketball Hall of Fame inductees were ushered into the club’s spacious ballroom. This year, NCAA Final Four hero-turned-Garden City-dentist Donald “Red” Goldstein goes into the hall alongside fellow Big Apple ballers Ray Felix, Connie Simmons, Ricky Sobers and Charles Yelverton along with high school coach Chuck Granby. As Goldstein made his way toward the podium alongside famed New York Post sports columnist Peter Vecsey, the crowd of New York basketball royalty, family and friends responded with a standing ovation. During his acceptance speech, the humble Brooklyn native spoke of the first time he got goose bumps upon hearing Louisville Assistant Coach John Dromo give the pep talk at the 1959 NCAA Tournament Final Four. Louisville, led by Goldstein, pulled off one of the biggest upsets in NCAA tournament history when they defeated No. 2 Kentucky, 76-61. His lucky streak continued when later on that year he joined forces with fellow superstar collegians and future NBA Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson and Jerry West to win a gold medal in basketball at the 1959 Pan American Games. In a show of humility that those closest have come to expect, Goldstein failed to mention this equally impressive accomplishment.
Charlie Grego, PGA, the assistant professional at the Garden City Golf Club (GCGC), spent his evening off instructing Bigs and Littles from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) on August 27 at Eisenhower Park Driving Range.
In fact, he planned and hosted the evening of golf instruction with the generous assistance of members of GCGC. Charlie secured a donation from Greg Burke of Lane Office Dirtt Knoll to purchase collared shirts for all participants, worked with Al Vanasco to obtain a permit to reserve stalls at the driving range and borrowed six sets of junior golf clubs with the assistance of Ron Furman. Additionally, Charlie enlisted the help of fellow golf professionals Matt Lavolsi, assistant professional/PGA apprentice of Cherry Valley Club and J.R Repetti, outside operations of GCGC to provide instruction for the 12 Bigs and Littles from BBBSLI.
The recreation adult programs in the field house began on Tuesday, Oct. 16 according to the following schedule:
Mens’ Open Basketball 7:30-10 p.m.
Mens’ Over-30 Basketball 7:30-10 p.m.
Mens’ Open Basketball 7:30-10 p.m.
Mens’ Over-40 Basketball 7:30-10 p.m.
With the season under way the Lady Trojan swimmers are keeping the streak alive with a perfect 4-0 record. Their latest victory was on Thursday at Jericho by a score of 104 to 74. The significance of this particular victory was that Coach Sullivan and the girls swim team has now won an incredible 100 consecutive victories, a Garden City record for any sport and a Nassau County swim record. The streak started in 2001 after GC lost a meet to Sewanhaka. The team went on to win their last meet of 2001 and haven’t looked back since. When asked about the accomplishment Coach Sullivan remarked “I’m not really into the numbers, it’s always been about the girls doing their best – and that has always been good enough for us to win.”
Registration for the winter session of adult tennis lessons has now started. Classes will begin in January and are played at the Community Park Tennis Center. The 10-week, one-hour class will cost $249.
The recreation department is proud to announce the Garden City Community Park youth tennis program for 11 to 18-year-old children. A schedule of classes is listed below. Registration is by mail only until October 2. Non-resident children attending Garden City Public Schools* will be accepted beginning Oct. 2. Make checks payable to the Inc. Village of Garden City. Mail the registration slip and registration fee to the Recreation Department at 108 Rockaway Ave. Please note – classes are not considered day care and cannot be declared for tax exemption.
Early in the first half, Garden City put the pressure on the Roslyn defense and finally broke through with a goal by Patrick Keogh off a deflected cross by Jack Gillan. The goal was a good example that hard work pays dividends, as Gillan fought through the Bulldogs defense to get the ball into the box. The second goal came with about 15 minutes left in the game and was scored by Gillan. This time it was about being in the right place and having a quicker step to the ball as he jumped between two defenders and placed his shot inside the left post for the 2-0 lead.
“HOTA… HOTA… HOTA…” chanted the Franklin Square, Floral Park, and Garden City girls from the HOTA soccer club as they marched in the spirited German-American Stueben Parade on Saturday, Sept. 15 in New York City.
Staged as the 7th division in the parade line, a little waiting on 58th Street didn’t put a damper on the girls’ spirits. They used up the time to build camaraderie by sharing city pretzels, buying German flags, and stocking up on other fun trinkets from street vendors. HOTA Lightning Coach Greg Shevlin said, “There’s a feeling of community among the girls – it’s a great way to honor HOTA’s heritage and build solidarity.”
In order to better serve patrons, the recreation department is updating its computer system. Please take the time to fill out a family info questionnaire. The questionnaire can be found at the administrative office, at Community Park, and at the pool. Please return all forms to the office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Your assistance will greatly help the recreation department provide its patrons with improved service.
FLG girls lacrosse was started in 2009 with a great team of young ladies who shared a love for the game. The 2013 team will be the first girl’s team to graduate in the program’s history. As they move into their senior year, FLG girls lacrosse is excited to announce it first FLG players to verbally commit to play college lacrosse and who are looking forward to signing their national letter of intent this November.
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