While many people may dream of doing something as extraordinary as singing the National Anthem at a major sports event, it’s become tradition for Glen Cove native and AHRC resident Adam Levine.
On Tuesday, Aug. 26, Levine, 47, born with Down syndrome, stepped up to belt out the National Anthem for the New York Mets. Performing annually at CitiField since 2010, Levine approached home plate with a veteran state of mind. Following his performance, Levine received a standing ovation as he gleefully skipped off the field, running into his parents’ arms with a gratified smile. The long list of Adam’s fans included 100 #TEAMADAM supporters from AHRC Nassau.
From a young age, Levine was drawn to music and the arts. Regularly attending theater shows and rehearsals put on by his father’s theater group, Theater II of Glen Cove, Levine really found a connection.
After numerous performances within his local community, including performances for former Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi and then-Senator Hillary Clinton, Levine was ready to take his dreams to a bigger stage. Since his tryout in 2010, Levine’s been called back every year.
“He’s a guy that really loves the chance to be out there and up in front,” noted Adam’s mother, Mildred.
Performing in front of thousands at Citi Field is no easy task, especially for Levine. Having experienced difficulties in the workforce with bullying in his younger years, Levine went inward socially. Once a very social and outgoing individual, Levine is much more introverted and communicates less often these days. Despite that, Levine is able to stand at home plate each year, proudly singing the National Anthem.
“The minute he gets there, he just does it. He’s truly a professional in that way,” said Mildred.
Levine resides in an AHRC Nassau residence in Glen Cove, enjoys singing karaoke at a local café in Hicksville and is heavily involved with his synagogue. Adam spends time volunteering in the community with various organizations such as Meals on Wheels and grocery shopping for homebound seniors.
Having grown up in a time where institutionalizing children was still common, Levine’s personal achievements and his ongoing service to help the hungry and homebound of our community serve to inspire. While to some, Levine’s performance is just a part of another baseball game, it truly is a celebration of ability and perseverance. For pictures and footage of Adam’s performance, visit AHRC Nassau’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AHRCNassauCo.
Saturday, 22 November 2014 00:00
Sea Cliff author Margaret Gay Malone is one of 11 authors whose short stories have been selected for publication in the Tuscany Press Anthology in 2015.
The story, Jimmy’s Gift, centers around a boy whose generosity and selflessness put him in danger on a brutally cold and snowy day. Malone says it is based on a true story after reading a blurb in Reader’s Digest a few years ago about a 12-year-old boy who walked through the snow to help deliver food baskets to those in need; and it turned out that his family’s name was also on the list of those in need of help in the community.
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00
Members of the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and their families will be treated to a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, Nov. 25, an event that has become an annual tradition for local families.
This will be the 14th year that Andrea Correale, the president of Elegant Affairs Caterers, has donated this festive dinner, which in the past has served more 250 adults and children with a full turkey with all the trimmings followed by the always-fun ice cream bar.
I can’t even believe it’s been 14 years,” says Correale. “And so many of the same people come back year after year.”
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove High School girls basketball team was invited to participate in the prestigious KSA Holiday Basketball Tournament that will be held in Orlando, FL, this December. The tournament brings to the court teams from all over the United States that would otherwise not be competing. It is held in the finest professional and amateur athletic venues around the nation with teams seeded into brackets that will provide an appropriate level of competition.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
The North Shore Women’s Cross Country Team won the Nassau County Class I Championship for the eighth consecutive year. They will be competing in the State Qualifier Competition at Bethpage State Park this month.