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.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto (kneeling, center) joined NY Rangers alum Brian Mullen (back row, left) and Town of Oyster Bay Hockey Ambassador Buzz Deschamps (back row, right), in celebrating the Town’s ‘Try Hockey for Free’ Program, a joint initiative with the New York Rangers, that gives youngsters throughout the Town the unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. The event was held at the Town’s Ice Skating Center in Bethpage with hundreds of children and parent’s in attendance.
All Oyster Bay Town ice rinks will offer extended sessions during the holiday season, through Jan. 1, according to Town Councilman Anthony D. Macagnone.
“Skaters in the town have the option of skating in the great outdoors at Marjorie R. Post Community Park rink in Massapequa and at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park rink or indoor at the state-of-the art Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park,” Councilman Macagnone said. “Admission prices make it a great value for your recreation dollar.”
Town of Oyster Bay residents and their families are invited to come out and kick off the holiday season by attending the third annual free Holiday on Ice Show at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center. On Saturday, Dec. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., the center’s skating students will do choreographed routines to music.
Admission is free but residents are encouraged to help others by donating two canned goods, which will be collected at the event by Island Harvest.
Some of the country’s most outstanding skating talent will be performing at the show, adding their own artistic flair to the evening’s festivities. Among those expected to perform will be Senior Ladies National Competitor Joelle Forte, Junior National Pairs Medalists Darbie Burke and Griffin Schwab and Junior National Competitor Emmy Ma.
Long Island Fight for Charity (LIFFC) hosted nearly 250 supporters at a recent celebration held at the Hilton Long Island in Melville. Plans were announced for activities leading up to the Tenth Long Island Fight for Charity’s “Main Event,” scheduled for November 25, 2013. At the main event volunteer boxers from the Long Island business community who have completed intense training will step into the ring for charity.
The first volunteer boxers who have been announced to participate in the 2013 Main Event are Keith Dawson of Patchogue, Anthony Giallanzo of Glen Cove, Mike Haltman of Woodbury, Joanne Hutchins of Bayville, Kevin Kelly of Plainview, Bill Mabanta of Holtsville and Leaf Steuernagel of Bellport, as well as Scott Zuckerman and Joe Palumbo.
The Long Island Lizards would like to thank all the Nassau and Suffolk participants who came out for the Hurricane Sandy Relief Clinic recently. Thanks to the participation of nearly 100 students, and the sponsorship of the event by Atlantic Hyundai, the Lizards will be making a $5,000 donation to the Hurricane Sandy Long Island Disaster Relief fund.
Lizards head coach Joe Spallina, along with players Tommy Palasek, Michael Skudin and Chris Passavia, helped to lead students of all ages and skill levels through a variety of stations, focusing on different fundamental lacrosse skills. Members of the Stony Brook womens lacrosse team also came out to lend a hand to the young girls at the clinic.
Holy Family CYO is proud to sponsor the 4th Annual Tommy O Memorial Basketball Tournament. Tommy O was a New York City firefighter, who died tragically on Dec. 4, 2008. Tommy was also a community activist and very involved in Hicksville youth sports. He was a longtime coach and board member of Holy Family CYO.
The tournament will be played from Dec. 8 to 16. In the past, proceeds from the tournament have been used to fund the Tommy O Scholarship Fund. Scholarships are awarded annually to high school seniors who are alumni of the Holy Family CYO program and who have demonstrated a commitment to community service during their high school careers. Through this scholarship fund, organizers are endeavoring to keep Tommy’s memory alive, especially in the hearts of the scholarship recipients. Hopefully they will be inspired by stories of Tommy’s selflessness, his acts of heroism on 9/11 and his commitment to his family and community. This year, however, the proceeds from the tournament will be donated to Hurricane Sandy relief agencies or directly to affected families.
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