Written by Harold Wanderman Friday, 17 July 2009 00:00On Saturday morning, June 13, the barbecues by Zorn’s Catering Service were set up in anticipation of a big turnout for the annual community tradition of the Jericho Athletic Association Picnic during its baseball and softball playoffs. By late morning with the sun shining, and the food cooking, the playoff games began. During the day, our various leagues, with some very exciting games, were constantly being played on the Jericho High School baseball fields.
This annual Picnic is one of Jericho’s favorite community activities, with well over 1,000 Jericho residents in attendance during the day. Zorn’s was kept very busy serving up an unlimited supply of hamburgers, hotdogs and an assortment of delicious chicken. The day was highlighted by the arrival of the “Incredible Ices of Corona” to provide a welcome dessert for all to enjoy, compliments of Camp Specialists.
The younger kids in attendance enjoyed the various rides that were provided and this year the JAA offered cotton candy and popcorn and the machines were kept running the whole day.
Harold Wanderman, JAA Secretary, thanked everyone for coming. He extended his gratitude to the Jericho School Board, along with Henry Grishman, Superintendent of Schools, and all the school district’s administrators, for their continued support of our various sport programs.
He also introduced everyone on the Jericho Athletic Association’s Executive Board, Allen Algaze, Chet Bogdan, Andrew Marshall, Frank Davis, Joel Sweetbaum, Jon Gelbwaks, Lisa Goren, Lisa Rothstein, Bill Ferro, Brett Pearlman, Robyn Levy, Craig Snyder, Jack Schnitt and Marc Weiner. Through these individuals’ tireless efforts and dedication to the community, as well as all our coaches and division heads, the Jericho Athletic Association provides a wonderful sports program of baseball, softball, soccer, basketball and track for the children of the Jericho community.
The JAA Executive Board would like to extend a special “thank you” to Jack Schnitt, who, after 12 years as its president, will be retiring from the board. Under Jack’s guidance, the JAA has evolved into a very important Jericho community association.
In the last few years the JAA has instituted many new and innovative programs to benefit the children living in Jericho. Our developmental programs for soccer, baseball and basketball for our younger players has been very well received and attended. Our travel program has grown to over 40 teams with over 500 kids participating. For the first time, our baseball program will be having a gala baseball dinner in November. We are one of only a few sports associations on Long Island that has put in place an AED/CPR program with 15 defibrillators on our fields and close to 200 coaches trained in its use. Through Jack’s hard work and determination, the JAA Program will soon be enhanced with a “world class” multi-use facility built by the Town of Oyster Bay.
The Jericho Athletic Association will miss Jack’s everyday commitment to the organization and community. Joel Sweetbaum, incoming president, will continue in guiding the JAA to help make Jericho a great place to live.
The day was a most successful community activity, and the tradition of the Jericho Athletic Association of putting on this picnic for the Jericho residents will continue next year.