With summer starting to wind down, Great Neck’s Wolverines ice hockey players are returning from camps, getting reacquainted and sharpening their skates in preparation for the 2010-2011 high school hockey season. While the kids broke for summer a lot was going on behind the scenes to make sure the season would get off without a hitch.
Friends and benefactors of the Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop-University Hospital gathered at the Hamlet Wind Watch Golf and Country Club in Hauppauge on Monday, June 21 for the sixth annual Cancer Center for Kids Golf Outing. The event was a record-breaking success, raising nearly $50,000 in support of vital pediatric cancer services at Winthrop, bringing the groups total fundraising to more than $250,000.
With only 10 weeks to go until the Wolverines take the ice in their inaugural season in the High School Hockey League of Nassau County, it’s a good time to put into perspective the accomplishment that this group of 17 high school athletes are about to achieve.
Youth hockey has been played in Great Neck for decades. The main program is sponsored by the Great Neck Parks District in the form of the Great Neck Bruins. The Bruins have programs starting as young as age 4-5 up through age 18. Through the years, the program has seen countless Great Neck kids develop their hockey skills, be part of a team, and make great friendships. In fact many adult friendships still exist in Great Neck that started in the hockey program, and many former Bruins now play in local adult leagues. Over recent years; however, the Bruins have had to go outside the Great Neck community to fill their roster. With the increase in popularity of sports like soccer and lacrosse, coupled with the traditional love of baseball and basketball, hockey has lost some of its draw from the potential player pool in town.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano recently attended the Nassau County Sheriff Officers Association 2nd Annual Motorcycle Run, where he officially started the event during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The run, which benefits the Nassau Sheriff Officers Association’s Widows and Children’s Fund and is sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company, featured more than 100 motorcycles riding from Mitchell Field in Uniondale to Bald Hill in Farmingdale. The run was followed by a classic car show and celebration. Pictured (l. to r.): Joseph Junior, Allstate Insurance Company; Victor Millman, chairman of the Nassau Sheriff’s Officers Widows and Children’s Fund Committee; Mike Adams, president of the Nassau County Sheriff Officers Association; County Executive Ed Mangano; Kevin S. Meyer, Allstate Insurance; and Brian Sullivan, first vice president of the Nassau Sheriff Officers Association.
Brickwell Cycling & Multisports, located at 3 Northern Boulevard in Great Neck has signed on once again to be a major sponsor of the 3rd annual edition of the Blazing Trails 4-Autism 4 Mile Run/Walk. The event will be held on Sunday morning, Oct. 24 at the Great Neck South High School/Middle School campus, and every runner, walker and supporter of those far too many families who are dealing with autism is cordially invited to be a part of it. Anton Community Newspapers is also a sponsor of the Run/Walk.
The Run will be managed by the Greater Long Island Running Club, with veteran GLIRC Race Director Robyn Schneider, a longtime resident of Great Neck, in charge once again.
On June 6 people of all ages joined together to observe, support, and participate in this year’s Special Olympics “Main Event.” Spirit and energy abounded throughout the gym of Great Neck North High School. It was a truly spectacular event.
While most of us are trying to cool down during the summer heat, many of the Wolverines ice hockey players have been hard at work in the cool confines of various ice rinks across Long Island. Hockey players have been spotted at hockey summer camps and clinics during the heat wave. Although our own Parkwood Ice Rink is closed for the summer, our players are honing their skills in New Hyde Park, Syosset and as far as Hauppauge.
Wolverine High School hockey is only 13 weeks away. The new jerseys are being manufactured as this article is being printed. Get ready to come out and support Great Neck’s own Wolverines ice hockey team when they begin play in October!
Parents, grandparents, children, marathoners, neighbors and friends gathered at Jonathan L. Ielpi Park in Great Neck on May 2, for the 9th Annual Great Neck 5K Family Fun Run/Walk to benefit the Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop-University Hospital – Nassau County’s largest outpatient facility for treating children with cancer and blood disorders. Together, more than 200 community-spirited Long Islanders, including hospital staff, volunteers, the Village of Great Neck Plaza Mayor, the Honorable Jean A. Celender, and major event sponsor Arlene Lavitt of Super Enterprises, helped raise close to $24,000 for the CCFK’s psychosocial programs.
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