2002-03-30 / Sports

Sorrentino Hosts 2002 Double Dutch Tournament

By Stan Brown

Sorrentino Hosts 2002
Double Dutch Tournament
By Stan Brown

On Saturday, March 23, 2002, 49 teams from Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Maryland, Washington D.C., and our own Far Rockaway team, the world championship Stan Peppers Steppers team, competed for top honors in the 22nd Annual Rockaway Double Dutch Tournament.  Over 170 jumpers participated in this special event, featuring some of the best jumpers in the world. 

Over 350 people packed the gym on that Saturday morning at the Sorrentino Recreational Center, which is a part of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. There was a lot of excitement generated by all the teams. There was good sportsmanship shown by the team members, coaches and officials and spectators. Special thanks goes to the staff of the Sorrentino Recreation Center for making this an event successful once again.

When the day came to an end, Sorrentino Recreation Center's Stan Pepper Steppers from Far Rockaway was overall #1 with Brooklyn coming in 2nd and Maryland in 3rd.
The team competed in three categories; compulsory, speed, and freestyle.  The following is a list of the winning teams from Far Rockaway:
Novice Division - Sorrentino Recreation Center's Stan Pepper Steppers:

Kyana Barton, Precious McCoy, Jazmyn Boone, Leshae Heyward, Bria Drake, Jessica Alexander, Shaaisa Fisher, Terae Walker, Nyesha Trusty, Katherine Rocha, Charmaine Smalls, Taishona Spates, Antonia Medina, and Franchell Reed.
Advanced Division -Sorrentino Recreation Center's Stan Pepper Steppers:

Laa'Neisha Jones, Monet Davis, Alalsyia Woodard, Jocelyn Castoneda, Paula Robinson, Muniyra Moore, Dominique Bacote, Shanae Wallace, Denise Clemonds, Cherise Barton, Portia Woodard, Tanisha Holiday, Dominique Harris, Camilla Ensley, Glenda Thompkins, LaQuasha Brown, Camay Cardwell, Ruby Mejia, and Janell Lockett.

Sorrentino Recreation Center Manager Bernard Robinson and Sports Director Stan Brown wanted to thank some of the programs that participated in the event: East New York Development Corportaion Beacon Program, Henry Street Settlement, Queens Gateway School and the other programs which would not have made this event possible. The Sorrentino Center wanted to also express thanks to the family, friends and others for their continued support of the children, which is always welcome and appreciated.

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