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Syosset Native Sue Bird Named One Of Top 100 Olympic Hopefuls

Fans can help support Team USA by buying a stitch to help “Raise the Flag”

Sue Bird, a professional basketball player for the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) team the Seattle Storm, was recently selected as one of the top 100 Olympic hopefuls by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Bird was born in Syosset and attended Syosset High School. She previously served on both the 2004 and 2008 women’s Olympic basketball teams, helping to earn a team gold medal in both the Athens and Beijing Olympics.

Unlike many national teams, Team USA relies on public donations to help cover costs like training facilities, coaching and equipment, and travel and medical needs. The costs of high performance are significant – this year, the USOC will send more than 600 American athletes to London to compete on the biggest stage in sports. To help support Bird and other members of Team USA, Olympic fans will have the opportunity to purchase a stitch in the flag that American athletes will carry in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games as part of the “Raise the Flag” campaign.

Visit www.TeamUSA.org through July 12 to buy a stitch. Each stitch costs $12 and after selecting the number of stitches for purchase, donors will enter their billing and contact information. For their support, donors receive a personal number corresponding to the purchased stitch and a place on the site’s donor wall. Donors can dedicate the stitch to a loved one for display on the wall and also share their support of Team USA with their friends and family on Facebook and Twitter.

News

Eight students from Jericho High School, the largest number of students from any school on Long Island this year, are among the 300 semifinalists picked from 1,800 entrants nationally and overseas in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Brookville’s Green Vale School students were featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Sport Rocketry, the official journal of the National Association of Rocketry.

The seventh-grade students competed nationally at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) last May in Virginia and were the youngest rocket scientists competing. They were also the only team from Long Island that qualified to enter the competition and one of only two teams from New York State.


Sports

The Syosset Braves 11-year-old football team recently won the Superbowl Championship Game against the Rosedale Jets with a final score of 13 to 0.

The Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5-Kilometer Run started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage on Dec. 21. The top local finisher was Tim Mahony of Syosset, who scored in 11th place overall and third in the 15 to 19 age group.

Other locals winning awards in this year’s Ho Ho Ho Run were Gina Ferraro of Syosset (2nd woman, 35-39 age group), Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman, 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (2nd woman, 55-59 age group).


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