Members of St. John's Baptist Church baseball team - the Angels - and their coaches told Sanders, left, they need money for equipment. It was also suggested that the area needs a sports facility that could host baseball, football and track. Several Rockaway sports organizations for youth appealed for much needed funding during a hearing last week at the Goldie Maple Academy.
Councilman James Sanders Jr. listened as youngsters and coaches explained the needs of their particular groups. In addition to those pictured, representatives from Stroked Mentoring and NYCHA community centers at Redfern Houses, Hammel Houses and Ocean Bay Apartments were also at the hearing.
|Representing Sorrentino Recreational Center, Isaac Parsee said, "If we don't do it [for the kids], groups who wear colors will." Sorrentino offers, among other things, PAL baseball and flag football. Joining Parsee is Team Duce player Raque Beina. Sanders, seated, and his staff listen to representatives from various Rockaway sports teams explain why they need extra funding. The money for the organizations would come out of the councilman's discretionary budget, which has yet to be determined. Ravens coaches and players, including Dominique Blackman and Denzel Blackman (seated) talk about the need for a field of their own. There are over 200 youngsters in the organization, which offers football, soccer and a cheerleading squad. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg. Kenneth Gaffney of the Rockaway Irish Ropes is looking for a new place to get his program up and running again. He is also seeking equipment. "We help kids get in shape," said Gaffney. |