To share their love of reading and literacy, 45 Syosset High School football players recently visited the elementary students at Robbins Lane School. The athletes spoke about the importance of strong reading skills, maintaining good grades, and how PRIDE (patience, respect, integrity, dignity and empathy) has helped guide them in school.
The New York Islanders will play the first-ever NHL game at Barclays Center on Tuesday, Oct. 2, when they take on the New Jersey Devils at 7:30 p.m. The preseason game will mark the first hockey event at Barclays Center, the new major sports and entertainment venue, which will officially open on Sept. 28 with the first of multiple Jay-Z concerts. The game will also mark the first NHL game to be played in Brooklyn.
“We’re extremely excited to play the first NHL game in the new, state-of-the-art Barclays Center,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. “We already have some of the most passionate fans in the league supporting our young team, and we are looking forward to expanding our base into Brooklyn.”
Among the highlights of the Feb. 21, 2012 General Open Meeting of the Greater Long Island Running Club was a presentation of a check in the amount of $2500 to the Opening Word Program.
Football season may be officially over but that did not stop New York Giants captain and Super Bowl XLVI champion Justin Tuck from indulging in the team’s traditional pizza Friday during a visit to Umberto’s Pizzeria & Restaurant of New Hyde Park on Friday, Feb. 9.
As packs of fans gathered to catch a glimpse of their hero outside the popular neighborhood restaurant, inside Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and other county officials presented Tuck with the keys to the county and a citation for his work promoting children’s literacy through his R.U.S.H. for Literacy foundation.
An excited Mangano thanked Nassau County football fans for their enthusiasm and emphasized the positive economic impact the Giants’ Super Bowl XLVI win had on the local economy. He equally praised Tuck’s accomplishments on and off the football field. “He is a charitable man, he gives back,” Mangano said. “It’s such a breath of fresh air when you see someone succeed and they pause to give back to those who would otherwise not have opportunity. He really is a symbol of the American dream,” Mangano added.
Three hundred ninety-eight hardy soles braved the inclement weather on Saturday morning, February 11 at the Old Bethpage Restoration Village, and when the snowflakes had settled 22 year old Bradley Raxenberg of Woodbury and 31 year old Shari Klarfeld on Plainview emerged as the top male and female finishers overall. The OBVR 5 Kilometer Run was the kickoff event of the new RunNassau Series of races leading up to the Long island Marathon in May.
Raxenberg crossed the finish line of this not-so-easy course in 17 minutes, 30 seconds, nearly a full minute in front of runner-up John Theissen of Seaford. Klarfeld scored first among the women (beating all but the first three men in the process!) in 19:17.
With every step, hop and dive off the board, he zones in on the task at hand. With each ladder climbed and dive finished, he awaits the score. Some scores mean more than others, but one hit home with ninth-grade Syosset High School diver Nicholas Woska.
His nickname growing up was “Tigger” because like his bounce off the diving board, Woska never stopped bouncing off of anything.
Woska broke the long-standing high school 11-dive record by scoring a 366 in this year’s Nassau County High School Championship. SHS Alum Richard Gorle previously held the record but, tragically, passed away in a traffic accident last year.
Fifth grader Andrew Zheng from George A. Jackson Elementary School in Jericho likes to compare the sport of fencing with the swordfight between Zorro and Sgt. Garcia. It only takes Zorro a few clever moves to cause the fat Sgt. a lot of mayhem, especially when Garcia supposedly weighs “only 50 pounds.” Fencing, also called “physical chess,” is one of the four sports that have been featured at every modern Olympic Games. The sport is divided into three weapons: Foil, Sabre and Épée. It is a physical as well as a mental sport. Not only does a fencer need to have agility, strength and speed, he or she also needs to be cunning, to be able to figure out what the opponent’s next intention is, all within a split of a second.
The United States Fencing Association (USFA) sanctioned Super Youth Circuit (SYC) was held at the National Harbor, Maryland during the weekend of Feb 3-5. More than 800 youth fencers from all over the country participated in about two-dozen events with more than 1200 individual entries. According to the organizer of the tournament, this year’s is the largest ever-Super Youth Circuit in U.S. fencing history. Andrew fenced in two events and won a Jefferson Cup for his first place in Youth 10 Men’s Foil (age of 10 or younger, the youngest age group), and a medal for the 7th place in Youth 12 (age of 12 or younger) Men’s Foil events.
The streets were trembling, the buildings were shaking and the confetti was falling by the truck-full in the Canyon of Heroes on Tuesday, Feb. 7 as New York City said thanks to its beloved Big Blue.
The New York Giants celebrated the 21-17 Super Bowl XLVI (46) victory over the New England Patriots in style with a ticker-tape parade and estimated attendance of one million screaming onlookers. Fans laughed, cheered, even cried as their favorite team passed by on what could be magically mistaken as chariots of the football gods.
An estimated 40 tons of confetti showered the “G-MEN.” Fans barricaded on the sidewalks took to climbing streetlights, signs and building storefronts to could catch a glimpse of the team.
Side and backstreets were filled to the max. One street even sported a touch football game among a sea of red, white and blue.
Sensei Karen at Zanshin Self Defense Academy congratulated Justin Smith on achieving his Junior Black Belt and Adult Green Belt recently.
Twenty-four-year-old Long Island superstar Conor Shelley added another impressive win to his running resume on January 28, finishing first out of 1036 finishers in the 2nd annual Sayville Running Company 10 Mile Run to the Blue Point Brewery.
Shelley completed the ten mile course through Patchogue, Blue Point, Bayport and Sayville and back in 53 minutes, 27 seconds, holding off hard charging runner-up Matt Walsh by 21 seconds.
The Run to the Brewery was the third win for Shelley in the last four months, following up on his victories in the Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s 5 Kilometer Run in October and the Carter DeLuca Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho Holiday 5K Run in December.
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