Two freshmen from North Shore High School have been making the most out of a difficult situation. Cousins Jagger Gillman and Ethan Bradford have a taken a positive, proactive step for a cause that is deeply personal for their family and will also benefit others in the community: organizing a basketball clinic fundraiser to benefit Crohn’s disease research, a disease that Jagger’s younger brother, Harrison, a sixth-grader at North Shore Middle School, suffers from. The two cousins decided to combine their love of basketball with their desire to help find a cure for the disease by putting together an event to raise funds and awareness.
Sponsored by the Sid Jacobsen JCC in East Hills, the two-hour basketball clinic will take place on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., for kids ages 6 to 13. The $20 fee will allow boys and girls to hone their skills at various stations, taught by volunteers as well as coaches from Unlimited Sports, based in Port Washington.
Harrison was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when he was 7 years old and unfortunately, at this time, there is still no cure. It’s been a challenge for the family but they are all doing what they can to be involved, stay positive, and raise enough awareness and money for research to, hopefully, one day find a cure. They also have support from friends and are expecting it to be fun event.
“A bunch of our friends are volunteering,” says Jagger, noting that six stations will be set up, with 15 minutes spent at each.
Jagger and Ethan have been involved in various fundraisers for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) and organized a “Coins for Crohn’s" program at the middle school. This year, they wanted to do something bigger, and spent months working out the details for this event.
Rachel Gillman, mother of Jagger and Harrison, notes, “They’ve been involved for quite some time; this just happens to be their own thing they took and ran with...and they are really learning the hard work that goes into charity work.”
Jagger agrees. “It takes a lot of time and effort to create a fundraiser and carry it out. It’s a lot more work than we expected.”
Ethan’s mom, Sharyn Bradford, adds, “It’s been a great eye opener for them, not only to learn how much work goes into preparing and planning for the event but now advocating for the event, which is a huge part of philanthropy. You can’t have one without the other.”
“It’s kids helping kids - what’s better than that?” says Sharyn.
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
Village Square will feature the artistry of the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers this year as part of the annual Downtown Children’s Costume Parade on Saturday, Oct. 25, presented by the Glen Cove Downtown Business Improvement District.
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
It was the second annual goal setting workshop at Glen Cove High School on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and both the board of education and the public came up with some sound ideas for the district. School Superintendent Maria Rianna presented a slide show of four main areas that are the focus of district goals.
“We began this process last year and these goals are representative of what the community wanted to see,” said Rianna.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave.
The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
On Thursday, Oct. 2, North Shore High School quarterback Michael Floccari shattered a school record and tied a Long Island record for the most touchdown passes in a game. This accomplishment ties him with E.J. Clark from Seaford High School (1977) and Joe Capobianco form Lawrence High school (2011).