2006-03-10 / Sports

Sorrentino Center Profiles Hard Working Staff

Since the 1985, the Sorrentino Recreational Center, a part of the City of New York Parks and Recreation, has served thousands of children in Far Rockaway, Nassau and Suffolk County and the rest of the city.

The center's programs have opened their doors to boys and girls to participate in double-dutch, football, baseball and many more.

In 2006, the staff of the Sorrentino recreational Center continues to work hard in providing after school, evening and summer programs to benefit the community.

This week, the Sorrentino Center would like to profile two staff members who have shown their dedication to

the Rockaway community.

The Sorrentino Center staff would like to extend well wishes and a speedy recovery for center manager Bernard Robinson.

Robert LindoPlayground Associate

Robert Lindo has been an important part in coordinating the basketball program at the Sorrentino Recreation Center for the last four years. Lindo started as a playground associate in May of 2001. During his years at Sorrentino Recreation center, Lindo has coached over 300 hundred boys and girls ages 6 thru 21. As a youngster, Lindo played basketball in the parks of Far Rockaway.

As he got older, Lindo continued playing basketball in various parks tournaments. After graduating from high school, Lindo attended York College and played there for four years.

At the Sorrentino Center, Lindo is in charge of the basketball clinic for ages 6-14.

In these clinics, the staff goes over the proper fundamentals of how to play basketball and show the children to play basic defense and run offenses.

Lindo stresses the importance of doing well in school and getting good grades. Lindo has coached numerous tournaments in where many of his teams have finished in first or second place.

Most recently, one of Lindo's teams finished first in the 2005 Operation Get Ahead tournament held in Hempstead during the summer and second in the Operation Get Ahead holiday tournament.

Ray DesmaretsPlayground Associate

Sorrentino Recreation Center Coach Ray Desmarets, born in Haiti in the Western Hemisphere. Coach Ray came to New York in February 1965 during (Papa Doc & Baby Doc) Dubalion Francois & Jean-Claude era, he was 19 yeas old at that time.

He was a student at Thomas Jefferson High school in Brooklyn, then to RCA Institutes of Technology (now TCI) and Albert Merrill School where he was graduated as a technician in Electronics & Computer Services.

Coach Ray, whose love for soccer is one of the most widely played sports in the world, played high school soccer for Thomas Jefferson, and also played with teams in the Mexican league, Italian league, Haitian Hispaniola, Flamant Noir of New York, Tivoli of New York and Violette of Haiti.

In 1997, coach Ray began working for the City of New York Parks & Recreation as a telephone technician helper, then joined the Sorrentino Recreation Center by helping the children with their homework and teaching them how to play soccer (football) in the after-school program. Desmarets became the coach for children from the ages of 6-19.

Since 1999 to the present day, Coach Ray has helped the soccer program maintain four teams during the school year and also four teams during the summer.

Coach Ray has trained over 400 children in the basic fundamentals of how to play soccer, passing, dribbling, running and kicking the ball as well as other techniques integral to the game. Since 1999, Sorrentino Recreation Center has always been one of the top soccer programs in the City of New York Parks and Recreation. Sorrentino has three teams participating currently in the 6th Annual House Indoor Soccer tournament at Lost Battalion Hall in Rego Park Queens.

The Sorrentino teams, who are playing in the 13 and under division, are presently in first place, second place, and tied for third with Vic Hanson Recreation Center.

The play-offs will start March 27 at 5 p.m. and the championship game held on April 3 at 5:00pm.

The staff of the Sorrentino Center would like to thank the staff of Lost Battalion Hall for letting us use their center this year because of Sorrentino Recreation Center' current renovation. The 2006 Soccer tournament is a great success.

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