Young pro football fans will have the opportunity to exhibit their football skills when the Jericho Jayhawk Booster Association hosts an NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition on Saturday, Sept. 12, at George A. Jackson Elementary School, 58 Maytime Drive, Jericho, from 8:30 until 11:30 a.m. The rain date for the event will be Sept. 26. The competition is free and open to boys and girls who will be between the ages of 8 and 15 as of Dec. 31. Volunteers are also needed to help run the competition.
No cleats are permitted and a copy of each participant’s birth certificate must be presented at registration.
Congratulations to Syosset runners Nicole Skidmore and Bert Jablon, who scored with awards in the Sands Point Preserve 5 Kilometer Sprint for the Feinstein Institute, held on the grounds of the Sands Point preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 15. A total of 350 runners successfully completed the 5 Kilometer (3.107 Miles) course.
How many people from the United States get the opportunity to travel to Israel with a group of friends and live there for a month? How many athletes have the honor of representing their country in an international competition playing the sport they love as the sole participant from their hometown? And how many teenagers get to do all of these things while celebrating their 16th birthday?
The Town of Oyster Bay will host the Supervisor’s Challenge, a NCAA Division 1 College Soccer Showdown, at John J. Burns Town Park on Merrick Road in Massapequa on Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. The contest, featuring NCAA powers St. John’s University and Hofstra University, will showcase some of the area’s best soccer talent. Admission is free.
The annual SCO Family of Services Peter Speranza 5K Run to Help the Children is celebrating its 20th year on Saturday, Sept. 5, in Sea Cliff. This 5K race benefits the developmentally disabled and physically challenged children whose lives have been significantly changed with SCO’s help. The 5K Run is named in memory of Peter Speranza, former board member and longtime supporter of SCO. All are invited to join SCO in celebrating this milestone and bring the whole family for a day of fun while supporting a great cause. To help celebrate the 20th Anniversary, there will be games and prizes for all. This will be their best year yet!
The public event, billed as the Night of Prospects, was organized by Bob Duffy’s Ring Promotions, a local boxing promotions company, and was fully sanctioned by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC).
Once again, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and the Williams sisters will not be playing in the 29th edition of the “Stop World Hunger” Tennis Tournament. However, recreational tennis players from 50 communities across Long Island are expected to take part.
The 29th annual Stop World Hunger Tennis Tournament will be taking place between Aug. 29 and Nov. 8. Divisions are set up according to ability levels and geographic locations. Players schedule their own matches at mutually convenient times and sites.
For over 10 years, the North Shore Synagogue “Walk-a-Maniacs” have participated in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Great Strides Walk. On May 30, members of the North Shore Synagogue “Walk-a-Maniacs” joined more than 1,500 participants at Hofstra University to enjoy a fun family event and to help raise awareness and critical funds for life saving research, education and care programs for Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a fatal genetic disease. At one of four walk sites on Long Island, the Hofstra group helped raise almost $850,000 collectively. Through this year’s Great Strides Campaign, the CF Foundation hopes to raise $46 million nationally.
The Long Island Junior Soccer League recently announced that Ryan DeBenedittis of Syosset will receive the LIJSL’s Frank Gorman Memorial Scholarship.
Frank Gorman was one of the LIJSL’s greatest players ever and arguably the top player on a Brentwood Arsenal team that included now longtime professional player Mike Petke. Frank not only strived for perfection, he achieved it! He starred at Brentwood High School in both soccer and track plus ran more than a 1,000 miles annually to be in top condition, then went on to play soccer at Hofstra. At the age of 26, he was working in life insurance and volunteering with Adelante, where he talked with kids about their future plans, when his life was tragically cut short on January 5, 2003. Frank and his brother John were walking across a Smithtown street when they were hit by a drunk driver. Thousands attended Frank’s wake and funeral as Newsday ran a headline on Page 2, “Everybody Loved Him.”
Registrations are now being accepted for the Main Street Mile, which is returning to Farmingdale’s Main Street on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 4:15 p.m. The quarter-mile Kids Fun Run will take place at 3:30 p.m. Join Pat LaFontaine, Runner’s Edge, Dave and Busters, Henry Schein, Inc., Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt, Dr. Larry Lembo and Cisco Systems to benefit the Champions in Courage Foundation. Other sponsors include Wickham, Bressler, Gordon and Geasa, Stop & Shop, Anheuser Busch, Greater Long Island Running Club, World Gym – Wantagh, Nutty Irishman, Library Café, Babylon Bike Shop, Bill Romas, LMT, Long Island Tri Coach, Dr. Joseph Ciaccio, DDS and Mizuno.
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