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NHP Knights Shine In Basketball Tourney

Nassau County Police Activity League Special Needs Unit hosted the recent Special Olympics New York Basketball Tournament held at Town of Oyster Bay Hicksville Athletic Center home of Nassau County PAL (NCPAL). Thirteen basketball teams, each with up to ten players, participated in the games. NCPAL-

Special Needs Unit Knights; NCPAL New Hyde Park Knights; SCO Owls; Commack Sharks; Long Island Lions: ACDS Thunderbolts, AHRC Starz and for the first time the Oakville Skywalkers, a Canadian team, competed on the court to demonstrate their skill and spirit of sportsmanship. After the games gold, silver and bronze medals and ribbons were awarded to each of the players.

 

“This was the sixth time Nassau County PAL participated in the Long Island Region of Special Olympics New York basketball program and the fourth time it has hosted the tournament,” said Harvey Pollack, NCPAL Trustee Special Needs Unit. “The facilities in Hicksville were ideal for all the special needs players taking part in the games. It was a fun-filled day for us all.” 

 

The morning opening ceremony began with Special Needs Athletes, T. J. Timmons with a color guard, singing the Star Spangled Banner. The Master of Ceremonies declared the games open after the athletes recited the Special Olympics Creed: “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” 

 

“It’s a place to be amongst their peers, be treated like equals and really get out there and show people what they are capable of doing and focusing on their ability and not their disability,” Special Olympics New York Regional Director Diane Colonna said.

 

The Special Needs Unit of the Nassau County Police Activity League serves children ages 5 and up with varying disabilities. Sport, recreation and socialization activities provide for children who have difficulty fitting into typical sports programs. The primary goal is to develop physical, mental and social skills allowing the children to gain confidence and self-esteem to enable them to reach their maximum potential. 

 

For volunteer opportunities or to learn more about NCPAL programs for boys and girls, visit www.nassaucountypal.org; www.specialneedspal.org and www.facebook.com/

News

School spirit was at an all-time high when community members joined students, administrators, faculty and staff for Sewanhaka High School’s annual homecoming parade and game.

 

The festivities kicked off with a Pep Rally on Sept. 19 on the school’s athletic field and continued on Sept. 20 with a parade that featured colorful banners and beautifully constructed floats based on this year’s “countries” theme. 

The Sewanhaka Central High School District selected Brentwood-based Park East Construction as its bond construction management firm last week. The group will oversee the $86.6 million in improvements coming to the district. Park East will analyze school architect Wiedersum Associates’ plans before applying for New York State Education Department approval.

 

“They are going to make sure the [firms that win district contracts] do the work right,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said. “They’re going to make sure [the engineer’s] drawings are right before they are sent up to New York State. [Park East] reports directly to the architect and the Board of Education to make sure what we say we’re going to do is done well.”


Sports

The Hicksville boys volleyball team improved to 3-3 on the season by topping Sewanhaka in three sets by the scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-13. 

 

“We lost the first few matches this year but bounced back to win the last three,” said Hicksville’s second year Head Coach Kevin Bunting. “We have a young team—we lost three starters last year. We have no seniors on this team, but we have three juniors,” he added. Bunting noted that it will bode well for next year’s team when they have even more experience to build on.

Seniors Daniella Ford and Margie Londono highlight a Sewanhaka Indians girls soccer team vying for its second straight winning season. 

 

Ford, who is in her fourth season as starting goalie for the Indians, netted a season-high 24 saves in a 3-1 loss to Valley Stream Central. 

 

“She’s a stud back there,” said Sewanhaka third-year coach Eric Premisler, whose team is 0-3 as of press time, after going 8-3-1 last season. “If we can stop a team from taking five shots because of good defense, Daniella is going to stop another 15 shots. And we’re going to have a chance to win every game.”


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