2010-04-23 / Community

Parks Hosts First Scrabble Tournament

By Shannon Montgomery

Sorrentino Recreation Center’s Turn 2 Afterschool program is fortunate enough to have many programs that both educate and recreate the children in our community. One of the many programs offered is the Scrabble Program. Every Monday, under the direction of Danielle Goldfarb Bedrick, each age group teams up with a teammate and practices spelling, strategy and word formation in an effort to achieve the highest number of points possible. After months of practicing, and many in-house tournaments, the children at Sorrentino Recreation Center took part in the Queens Borough Scrabble tournament on March 29 which determined who would go to the citywide tournament. Fortunately for Sorrentino, their children came out on top and won first place in the 8- to 9-year-old division. The excitement of the children only made things more exciting for the staff. On April 1, Brandon Aboua and Shawn Salick went to the Citywide Scrabble Tournament to represent for the center. The tournament began with greetings from the Commissioner of NYC Parks and Recreation, Adrian Benepe, who is very much into the game of Scrabble himself and the executive director for the National Scrabble Association, John Williams Jr. He explained to the children the rules and how the tournament would be run. After defeating their opponents in round one and round two, Aboua and Salick were awarded the first place plaque for their age group. They also received Highest Scoring Word for their division which was 36 points and they received the trophy for Most Enthusiastic Team in the city.

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