2008-07-11 / Sports

Big Apple Games Free For High School Kids

The New York City Department of Education (DOE) today announced the start of the Big Apple Games, which offer free recreational activities during the summer for children from 8-19 years old.

Children can register daily at each site throughout the six-week program. The Big Apple Games are run by the Department of Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL), which oversees competitive sports in public schools during the school year.

In Rockaway, the Big Apple Program will be held at Far Rockaway High School and Beach Channel High School.

The program will include the afternoon and evening teen center.

Beach Channel High School is located at 100-00 Beach Channel Drive and Far Rockaway High School is located at 821 Beach 25 Street.

Students can get involved in the various sports that will be offered such as wrestling, volleyball, basketball, softball, floor hockey, gymnastics and others.

Game room activities, swimming and arts and crafts will also take place for students in grades 9 to 12.

The High School Teen Center program will operate from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and an evening session occurring from 6 to 9 p.m.

"We are offering terrific athletic programs that are fun and a healthy form of exercise for youngsters at all levels of abilities," said Eric Goldstein, Chief Executive of School Support Services.

"We have clinics for beginners and tournaments for the more experienced. There is something for everyone, so there is no excuse to sit at home this summer."

A high school football camp, which will offers instruction, weightlifting, conditioning and agility training will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Players who are in grades 9-12 who are currently playing high school football and live in the peninsula are invited to attend.

In addition to regular programming, the Big Apple Games will host special events with professional athletes from theNewYorkCityarea.T h e s e include basketball clinics with players from the New Jersey Nets, the New York Liberty, and the Harlem Magic Masters "show" team.

There also will be opportunities to see the New York Dragons of Arena Football League.

The Big Apple Games is in its 29th year of operation. Last year more than 42,000 children participated across New York City.

It is partially sponsored by Snapple, and for the Nets/ Liberty basketball clinics students will be given special uniforms and free lunch as part of a sponsorship from Forest City Ratner Companies.

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