2001-07-21 / Letters

So Many Thanks

So Many Thanks

Dear Editor:

We have been given this great honor to go upstate to SUNY Morrisville to participate in the Women’s Empire State ice hockey team representing New York City.

We feel we owe it to our start years ago playing for the Rockaway Rockies. Playing for the Rockies and being girls we were always made to feel a part of the team. We always were given much encouragement. It never mattered where we came from, we all were welcome.

As this opportunity approaches, we want to say "thank you" for all the time our coaches gave to us. All the high fives, good games, pats on the back and all the we’ll get them next time-all the gold stars, they really meant a lot to us.

You taught us sportsmanship. You taught us to be good winners as well as losers. You always made each of us feel like winners, even if we lost! We want you to know that what you did for us all, and the time you gave to us really did count.

If it weren’t for all the coaches and people involved we would not have been offered this opportunity to play ice hockey for the Empire State games.

Meg and Bill Flaherty have put many years and effort into the Rockaway Rockies. We know that getting the rink built was not an easy task; we appreciate your perseverance in getting the job done for us.

Jim McGovern was the first coach who taught us the game. Bill Corsello, Jim Kelly, John Moore, Toddy Farragher, Chris Reilly, Kath Schnarrs and Joe Facina have put a lot of endless hours into making us the team we are today. Deidre Maeve’s Deli always showed us kindness and support as well.

As we head upstate to begin this exciting opportunity, we will take all of you with us! We only ask one last thing, to keeps us in your thought s and prayers July 25-29.

One hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in or the kind of car I drove, the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child and know that you were important to us!

MARY ANNE DIEHM

KRISTY FORCINA


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