2006-07-14 / Sports

NYCHA, RSA Victorious in Las Vegas Friendship Games

The NYCHA Lacrosse group is greeted by Officer Steve Morris (far left) and Officer Chris Bradford of the Las Vegas Police Department.The NYCHA Lacrosse group is greeted by Officer Steve Morris (far left) and Officer Chris Bradford of the Las Vegas Police Department. Once again, the youth of the Rockaway peninsula (specifically the New York City Housing Authority and Rockaway Sports Association) showcased our youth in a positive light at the New York City vs. Las Vegas Friendship Games. In our second trip to Las Vegas, you could not have a written a great adventure story any better for our youngsters.

For all of you loyal and faithful Wave readers, this story will be a two part feature. In the first part, we will talk about the kids' adventures throughout the event. Part two will be regarding the great citizens, scenic views of Las Vegas and the newly acquired friends that we made.

From Mayor Oscar B. Goodman, Councilman Larry Brown (a staunch Boston Red Sox loyalist), to coach Don Kruegor, who was our lacrosse contact, the NYCHA and RSA appreciates their support and most importantly, their friendship. Our trip started at Penn Station in Manhattan where the group of lacrosse youngsters and adults got on Amtrak for their tour around America. We traveled through cities such as Washington D.C., Atlanta, New Orleans, El Paso, Houston and Chicago to name a few.

Las Vegas Councilman Lawrence Weekly and City Council liaison along with Ricki Barlow were instrumental in helping our lacrosse youth attend the Las Vegas Friendship Games.Las Vegas Councilman Lawrence Weekly and City Council liaison along with Ricki Barlow were instrumental in helping our lacrosse youth attend the Las Vegas Friendship Games. Our kids learned through their five senses of how other people live. A very special appreciation must go out to NYCHA and specifically to Eric Cumberbath- Director of Recreation, who assisted tremendously with our trip. After our Amtrak travels, we arrived at the famous Circus Circus Hotel in Las Vegas, where we were greeted by Officer Steve Morris and Officer Chris Bradford of the Las Vegas Police Department. All our kids made it to Las Vegas and returned home to New York City safely and happy.


The NYCHA Lacrosse team (right) shakes hands with the Gators after completing their first game in Las Vegas.The NYCHA Lacrosse team (right) shakes hands with the Gators after completing their first game in Las Vegas.Rockaway Sports Association founder Greg Carter (left) poses with Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman.Rockaway Sports Association founder Greg Carter (left) poses with Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman.

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