2000-11-11 / Sports

Queens NFL Flag Football Champions

By Coach Carter

Another fun and exciting event has taken place this fall in Rockaway, flag football. Before I go any further and as I was taught, always thank those who have assisted along the way. This story most definitely cannot be told without the acknowledgement of Bernard Robinson, director of Sorrentino Center, and one who I must say gave great leadership these past two years in producing over 250 smiling young faces throughout Rockaway.

Entering this year’s NFL-NYC Department of Parks and Recreation flag football championships are two of the city’s top teams. Representing the p-nut division (nine to 11 year olds) are the Queens champions—Ocean View Express, coached by Joe Odoms.

I most definitely can tell all The Wave readers that this young team has a lot of great talent and should represent Rockaway as well as Pelham Park Rice Stadium, where this year’s championships will be held on Saturday, November 11 at 10 a.m.

Second, and making a return trip are the Far Rock Huskers coached by Greg Carter. This year we had over 1200 youths participate, up from 750 last year. Next year, if things go right, New York City should have over 3,000 youths participating.

So good luck to Ocean Village Express and the Far rock Huskers.

Special thanks to a number of important persons. Mr. Robert "Iceman" Garafola, deputy commissioner of NYC Department of Parks and Recreation; Laura Gili, chief of Queens Recreation; Pat Taylor, Tenant Association president of Ocean Village; PAL; and of course, all of our great officials—Mike (take no prisoners) Toler; Bruce Smith, playground associate; Roger Bartley; and Travis Kelly. Again, thanks to all.


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