2007-02-16 / Sports

St.Camillus Special Athletes Perform At Hofstra University

By Joe Featherston

The Special Olympians travel to Hofstra University: Front Row: James Carricato, Justin Carricato, Jospeh Featherston, Danny Dory, Selena Lanza, Elizabeth Sena and Kevin Reilly. Back Row: Lauren Awood, Elizabeth McLaughlin, Tyrei Duncan and Tommy Ryan. The Special Olympians travel to Hofstra University: Front Row: James Carricato, Justin Carricato, Jospeh Featherston, Danny Dory, Selena Lanza, Elizabeth Sena and Kevin Reilly. Back Row: Lauren Awood, Elizabeth McLaughlin, Tyrei Duncan and Tommy Ryan. On Saturday, January 20, the St. Camillus Special Olympics Basketball Team (also know as the Rockaway Beach Special Athletics) put on an exhibition game at half-time of the varsity basketball game between Hofstra University and William and Mary. An enthusiastic group of supporters from Rockaway as well as the Hofstra students gave a rousing ovation to the Special Olympians.

The St. Camillus Green Team defeated the St. Camillus White Team. The first basket of the game was made by Heather Huber. Baskets were also made by Jeffrey Resnick, Tommy Ryan, Javon Gardner, Colette Rup and Paul Fitzpatrick. The youngest and smallest athlete, Denise Kiernan, dazzled the crowd with her "dribbling skills." Peter Brady, Alexandria O'Byrne, Lauren Atwood and Mike Shapiro coached the two teams.

The Special Olympians and their families traveled to Hofstra in style like NBAand WNBAAll- Stars on Ed Wilmarth's bus. They want to express their gratitude to the Rockaway Peninsula community that so generously supports them and makes these types of experiences possible.

Mike Shapiro (right), tags along with Special Olympian Denise Kiernan, who dribbles a basketball on the Hofstra floor. Mike Shapiro (right), tags along with Special Olympian Denise Kiernan, who dribbles a basketball on the Hofstra floor. Lady Hornets AAU Tryouts

Tryouts will be held for the Lady Hornets AAU Girl's Basketball team for high school freshmen girls who were born in 1992 or after that year. The Lady Hornets will hold tryouts on Friday, February 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Seth Low Intermediate School at 99 Avenue P in Brooklyn. For more information about future tryouts for other age groups, call 718-934-5032 or visit their website at www.ladyhorn ets.net. King's Magic Basketball Inc. is a 501 © (3) not for profit organization.

Special Olympians: Front Row: Heather Huber, Paul Fitzpatrick and Jeffrey Resnick. Back Row: Javon Gardner, Colette Rup, Brian Moriarty, Denise Kiernan and Alexandria O'Byrne. Special Olympians: Front Row: Heather Huber, Paul Fitzpatrick and Jeffrey Resnick. Back Row: Javon Gardner, Colette Rup, Brian Moriarty, Denise Kiernan and Alexandria O'Byrne.

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