The 17th Annual Baldinger/NFL Charity Football Clinic was held recently at John J. Burns Park in Massapequa. Nassau County Legislatures Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt was on hand to support the clinic which emphasizes football fundamentals and the positive impact of participating in all sports. Shown in photo, back row, left to right, are: Gary Baldinger, Rebecca Baldinger, Kevin Shippos, Brian Baldinger, Legislator Peter J. Schmitt, Kyle Berna, Dom DiFranco, Assemblyman Joseph Saladino, Rich Cassaro, Rick Falta. Front row, left to right, are: Rocco Dioniso, Lee Laroche, Heidi Baldinger, Brad Baldinger, Thomas Stueber, Matthew Stueber.
The Town of Oyster Bay will host a Soccer Festival on Saturday, Aug. 20 at John J. Burns Town Park in Massapequa. According to Town Supervisor John Venditto, the event will feature the NCAA men and women’s soccer forces from Hofstra, Binghamton, and Long Island University’s C.W. Post Campus.
The NCAA Men’s Soccer game will begin at 3:30 p.m. with Hofstra University versus Binghamton University. The NCAA Women’s Soccer game will begin at 7:30 p.m. with Hofstra versus C.W. Post.
The weekend of July 22-24 was the hottest, most humid, and most severe one on record, with temperatures bursting past the 100-degree level, accompanied by a grinding humidity. That kind of weather would keep the average youngster indoors and if not, then straight to a swimming pool. But the young men of Massapequa are made of sterner stuff. On Saturday, July 23, a number of them made their way to John J. Burns Park for the 17th annual NFL Kiwanis Baldinger Football Clinic.
Despite the weather, numerous local youngsters attended the clinic, where they were given tips and drills in various skills, including running, passing, blocking, and tackling. Over the past decade, over 1,600 youngsters have attended the clinic, and Saturday’s event only added to the program’s success.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto invites sports enthusiasts from throughout the Town of Oyster Bay to attend a “Family Football Day” at John J. Burns Town Park, 4990 Merrick Rd., Massapequa, on Saturday, Aug. 13. Residents will feel like a part of the action during the day’s planned activities, including a live interactive practice with players from Stony Brook University.
“The day’s events represent a unique experience for residents of the Town because the Head Coach of the Stony Brook University Seawolves has agreed to wear a microphone during the practice, giving attendees the perspective of being inside the huddle,” said Supervisor Venditto. “Attendees will discover some of the complex strategy and nuances that go into the making of a top NCAA football program.”
Congratulations to Massapequa area runners Glenn Morse of Massapequa, and Rich Minns, Tom Biggers, Stacey Mucaria, Greg Karl, and Nicholas Biggers of Massapequa Park, all of whom participated the 8th annual Heart & Sole 5 Kilometer Run through the streets of Plainview on Sunday, July 10.
Top local finisher was Rich Minns, who crossed the finish line at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School in 19 minutes, 39 seconds, good for the second place award in the 35-39 age group.
Leonora Petrina made it look easy again this year. The internationally ranked Bayport superstar crossed the finish line on the track at Farmingdale High School in 16:39, scoring a 52-second victory over Laura Cummings of Bay Shore in the 28th annual Runner’s Edge Long Island Women’s 5 Kilometer Run. Leo also won the Paula Wunderlich Memorial Award as the first member of the Greater Long Island Running Club to finish.
Emily Brust of Mastic scored as the top Wheelchair finisher. A total of 394 women of all ages and levels of ability successfully completed the event on what was a hot morning, and a couple of dozen young women age 12 and under completed the 1/4 mile Fun Run that preceded the 5K.
By July and August, thousands of young men across America turn their thoughts to fall, maybe not to school but to those Friday nights when entire towns and villages are caught up with high school football fever. Nassau County is no different, even though most games are played, as once was common, on Saturday morning. Even in the most humid months of summer, football clinics take place across the nation, including a major one in Massapequa.
Massapequa women are being invited to sign up for the Runner’s Edge Long Island Women’s 5 kilometer Run, to be held on Saturday morning, July 16.
This will be the 28th anniversary edition of the run, which is Long Island’s only 5 kilometer race that is for women only. It will be starting and finishing at Farmingdale High School at 9 a.m. on the morning of July 16.
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