The New York Islanders’ winged mascot, Sparky the Dragon, is one of the National Hockey League’s 26 costumed creatures found within NHL arenas throughout North America.
The Islanders’ former mascot, Nyiles (pronounced Nigh-els), resembled the grizzly fisherman featured on the team’s jerseys in the mid-1990s. Sparky the Dragon served as the mascot for the New York Dragons (Arena Football League), who played their home games at the Nassau Coliseum before the team suspended operations in 2009. Sparky, a beloved member of the Nassau Coliseum family, swapped his football gear for a pair of ice skates and the rest is hockey history.
Don’t let the smile fool you, Anthony “Showtime” Karperis, a Hicksville native and Holy Trinity alum, is an up-and-coming junior welterweight in the boxing world.
The 24-year-old and 2008 Golden Glove winner recently took a short break from training to talk with the Hicksville Illustrated News.
One might describe Randi Chenkin’s fitness program for kids, Randirobics as “out of this world.”
Here on Earth, obesity is keeping a significant number of children and adolescents grounded, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that more than a third are overweight or obese.
“Randirobics is a very unique, interactive kids program that features children’s sing-along aerobics and original cool and funky music that I co-write. But the whole mission is to combat childhood obesity on Long Island,” said Randi Chenkin, a Jericho resident, who has performed shows at schools, camps, libraries, children’s hospitals and on cruise ships.
Call it a coincidence, but the timing for Chris and Peter Ferraro’s announcement of the creation of a new hockey and recreation facility couldn’t be any better.
Two days before the National Hockey League was set to drop the puck for a shortened, 48-game season beginning on Jan. 19, the Ferraro twins – former NHL players and Olympians themselves – broke ground on their $15 million, privately financed Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park.
“It is our passion to support Long Island families so that they will no longer have to be torn apart or have their family life disrupted just because a child excels in hockey and wants to try to make it to the NHL,” said Chris Ferraro. “This facility will enable us to create a hockey hot bed right here on Long Island.”
The Hicksville American Soccer Club is pleased to announce that Intramural Soccer Registration is now open and available online at the club’s website, www.hicksvillesoccerclub.com. The program is open to children in nursery school through third grade. Professional trainers, on a weekly basis, work with all of the children. Please visit the website and click the orange button to register your child for the spring 2013 season.
While each family celebrates the new year in their own way, skating enthusiasts and members of United States Figure Skating (USFS) have their own tradition: kicking off the year with a National Skating Month event at their local rink.
Throughout January, skating clubs across the country celebrate the sport by hosting a myriad of skating-themed activities to create a fun-filled afternoon, or in this case, morning. On Sunday, January 13th, Great Neck Figure Skating Club (GNFSC) kept over 120 skaters and their families entertained during two hours of festivities.
Congratulations to Hicksville athlete Jill Loveland, who recently won two awards at the Greater Long Island Running Club’s annual Awards Night.
“Jill is an outstanding athlete whose double win this year was very much deserved,” observed Running Club President Mike Polansky. “More to the point, she is a bright and enthusiastic young woman who is a real credit to our Club.”
Once again this year, the Long Island Thunderbolts Softball Team will be hosting a five-week training session for young softball players at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, located at 25 Country Drive in Plainview. This clinic allows the Thunderbolts to raise necessary team funds, while teaching girls the skills they need to be ready to hit it out of the park during softball season in the spring. The “2013 Winter Work Out” will feature lessons on hitting, bunting and fielding.
Hitters need to bring a bat and helmet, fielders need to bring gloves, and pitchers need to bring their own catchers. Tuition is $175 for all five classes, or $40 per session; a special team rate is available, $1850 for a maximum of 14 players. Parents must sign a waiver before their child may participate.
“The team had a great deal of success last season, but we’re looking to build on that,” said Bernardi. “I’m looking to instill a good work ethic, and I feel I can help that beginning with their off-season throwing program.”
The Friends of Long Island Wrestling organization seeks volunteers and sponsors for many of its major programming including the annual Hall of Fame Dinner, the golf outing, membership, marketing, publication support and more. Anyone interested in helping, donating, or sponsoring can call (516) 804-8676 or visit friendsoflongislandwrestling.com for more information.
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