As interscholastic football programs open practice, Glen Cove High School (GCHS) hosted a free evening “Knights Under the Lights” football clinic for aspiring players ranging from age 5 through 12 on Aug. 7.
Held for the third straight year on GCHS’s football field, the clinic brings together high school football players and coaches from Glen Cove and North Shore high schools to teach basic skills to younger players in the Glen Cove City Junior Football League. Six different stations were organized to teach approximately 85 youngsters proper passing, receiving, blocking, and tackling techniques. Agility drills rounded out the training.
GMA Karate and Kickboxing, located at 275 Glen Street, commemorated its seventh successful year with a grand re-opening celebration on Saturday, July 26.
Karate students and their parents were treated to a demonstration in the use of several ancient martial arts weapons by Dr. Bill Akpinar a holder of black belts in several different styles of martial arts and is a holistic doctor and teacher. The students also received a special lesson on stick weapons designed to promote coordination, responsibility and respect for the weapons. Festivities concluded with a ribbon-cutting ceremony officiated by Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi and Chamber of Commerce President Mary Stanco, followed by ice cream sundaes for all.
Congratulations to Glen Cove runner Stephanie Hoffmann who was an award winner in the 30th annual Runner’s Edge Long Island Women’s Run on July 13.
Hoffmann crossed the finish line at Farmingdale High School in a time of 22 minutes, 44 seconds to earn the fourth place plaque in the 40-44 age group. She was 50th overall in a field of 439 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes crossed the finish line on the track at Farmingdale High School.
In addition to celebrating their 40th season as a varsity program and advancing to the Nassau County semi final round playoff game, North Shore’s 2013 men’s lacrosse team celebrated a big first. At the Nassau County Coaches Association end of the year dinner held June 12, senior Dan Grabher was named “All American” as well as Nassau County
“Midfielder of the Year.” He is the first North Shore player ever to receive these awards.
On Tuesday, July 9, Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi was invited to the Angler’s Club to greet the young men and woman from the Glen Cove Youth Board summer program. The Angler’s presented a clinic on fishing and then gave each child a new fishing pole and reel set. Great job Angler’s and great job Youth Board.
The Glen Cove Jr. Baseball & Softball – Rob Kormoski League completed its season last month. The Midget Champions were the Hotrods, sponsored by Stop & Shop; the Midget Runner-Up was the Bees, sponsored by Delicious Pizzeria; the Intermediate Champions were the Cardinals, sponsored by Caprarella Landscaping and the Intermediate Runner-Up was the Dodgers, sponsored by Telstar. The Giants were the Junior Champions, sponsored by Sorenson Lumber, and the Junior Runner-Up team was the Yankees, sponsored by Action Motors.
Hundreds of youngsters across Long Island made a big splash last month -- jumping in at six YMCA locations for 30 minutes of swimming and safety instruction taking part in “The World’s Largest Swim Lesson.”
The YMCA of Long Island hosted the simultaneous swimming lesson, in coordination with the nationwide “World’s Largest Swim Lesson,” to stress the life-saving importance of teaching children to swim at an early age and to provide water safety tips and techniques. YMCA facilities in Bay Shore, Glen Cove, Patchogue, Brookhaven, Huntington and East Hampton took part in the World’s Largest Swim Lesson, which attracted an estimated 35,000 youngsters across the country.
Since 1985 Nassau County’s Mitchel Field in Uniondale has hosted the Empire State games for the Physically Challenged. The games have provided Olympic style competition for thousands of athletes from all over New York State. In December of 2010 the games were cancelled due to budget constraints facing the county.
Congratulations to Glen Cove High School varsity girls lacrosse coach Jacqueline Gow, who has been named the 2013 Coach of the Year from the Girls Lacrosse Coaches Association. Coach Gow is being honored for her outstanding body of work through the years and her team’s hard work and persistence through a challenging year. Coach Gow has served as the Big Red girls lacrosse coach since 1999, when she won her first Nassau County Coach of the Year award, followed by honors in 2000, 2001 and 2011. She was inducted into the Glen Cove Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Metropolitan Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2000.
Since 1995, Coach Gow has served as the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Coordinator for Girls Lacrosse. In 1998, she launched the Glen Cove girls lacrosse program, serving as JV girls lacrosse coach her first year and leading the team to a 10-1-1 record. Coach Gow also coached PAL teams locally, won championships as the Friends Academy varsity lacrosse coach in the early 1990s and also served as Hofstra womens lacrosse head coach. She is seen here with the 2013 Glen Cove High School varsity girls lacrosse team.
Despite the high heat and humidity that lingered long into the evening of June 24, an atmosphere of contagious enthusiasm was evident as the 130 members of LI-Kick gathered at the upper fields of Glen Cove’s John Maccarone Memorial Stadium to compete in the playoff games of Long Island’s first and undoubtedly most successful adult kickball league.
LI-Kick is the brainchild of 27-year-old Sal Farruggia who recently moved to Glen Cove and was looking for a way to meet new people in his new community.
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