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, 20 September 2014 00:00
Glen Head’s First Annual Farmers Market & Local Business Showcase, to be held Sept. 21, is not your grandmother’s farmers market.
Sponsored by the Glen Head Glenwood Business Association (GHGWBA), the market will feature a huge selection of fresh produce from iconic local favorite Rottkamp Farm, as well as
28 talented GHGWBA vendors (jewelry, plants, handmade soap, gourmet popcorn, candles, handcrafted gifts and more.) Neighborhood restaurants will also be selling a variety of favorite cuisines, so prepare to arrive hungry.
Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00
The completion of eight interpretive signs on Hempstead Harbor now makes it fun and easy for area residents to learn about Hempstead Harbor. The signs posted in Roslyn, Roslyn Harbor, Cedarmere, Glenwood Landing , Sea Cliff and Glen Cove give easy to read information on the harbor’s history, nature, environmental impact and water shed protection.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
Hundreds of supporters turned out on Monday, Sept. 8 to golf, socialize with friends and dine beach-side at the 25th anniversary of SCO Family
of Services’ Howard F. Treiber Memorial Golf Open, SCO’s major fall fundraiser benefiting the 60,000 children, teens, adults and families served each year. The event began with brunch and shotgun tee offs at Meadow Brook Club in Jericho and The Creek Club in Locust Valley and concluded with dinner beach-side at The Creek.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
More than 475 runners from all across Long Island came together on Aug. 30, for the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile run.
For Daniel Badalament, 71, of Glen Cove, the Main Street Mile was just a warm up. Running for the past 57 years, Badalament said the mile long sprint is a great workout and helps him better prepare for the more rigorous races.
“Monday, I run the 5-mile [Labor Day Run] in long beach,” he said, “so this helps loosen me up.”