On Saturday, Dec. 13, Elmont Memorial High School and the rest of the Elmont community showed their Spartan Spirit and their appreciation for Elmont's late Gregg Petrocelli when they showed up in large numbers to the 2nd Annual Gregg Petrocelli Basketball Classic.
Elmont's commemorative fundraiser was extremely successful in every sense of the word, raising over $7,000 for the Petrocelli family and showing Elmont's community spirit. Significant contributors included: Reino of Village Pizza, George Atkins of Pepsi Cola (Elmont parent), Bill Holder of McDonalds (friend of Elmont Memorial High School assistant principal Ed Thomas), Answer Vending (Elmont's vending machine company), Dunkin' Donuts (friend of Michelle Robinson), Hegmann Distributers (father of social studies teacher Jim Hegmann) and Jill Sobel of South Shore Outdoor Store.
Gregg Petrocelli, affectionately called "Petro" by his players and students, served the Elmont community for 12 years. Although Petrocelli was known for coaching Elmont's girls' varsity basketball winning program for nine years, he also worked as a guidance counselor, mentor, tutor, and also as the coach of the boys' varsity soccer team, the girls varsity soccer team, as well as the girls' varsity badminton team.
Not only were there many generous donations, including one from the H. Frank Carey's boys' varsity basketball program, T-shirts from Caldwell College, and 50/50 raffles, where most winners gave the money back to the cause, there were also several generous acts of kindness at the concession stand.
This tournament, along with celebrating the life and legacy of Petro, showed that the students, the teachers, and the parents of Elmont can come together to support their school. According to Elmont athletic director Pete Gaffney, who is a close and personal friend of the Petrocelli family as well as an integral organizer of the event, "This was a great event for a great cause. I'm so grateful for everyone's help."
The 2nd Annual Gregg Petrocelli Basketball Classic lived up to the standards that Petro set for his girls on and off the basketball court and was a wonderful way to continue his legacy.