2011-03-11 / Community

Logo Contest Kicks Off Rockaway Olympics Planning

By Miriam Rosenberg


Denean Ferguson, the project director of the Rock-Olympics, talks about the 2012 event during one of the planning meetings. Denean Ferguson, the project director of the Rock-Olympics, talks about the 2012 event during one of the planning meetings. The first ever Rockaway Olympics will take place in 2012, and a peninsula wide logo contest – open to everybody in the Rockaways – is now underway.

In a February 28 email, Denean Ferguson, the project director and the vice president of the 101 Precinct Community Council, explained the contest.

“We put out a flyer for the logo contest, [which is] also available on the website,” said Ferguson. “We plan to introduce the project to the schools, this week, and possibly the library branches will have their own ‘battle of the libraries’ to submit entries.”

The contest is open to people of all ages, both in and out of school. To submit a logo, the original artwork must be on 8.5 by 11 inch white paper.

If you can draw or do graphics, the Rockaway Olympic committee wants your best design.


Jonathan Gaska, right, the district manager of Community Board 14, promises his organization’s backing during the initial planning meeting on February 11. Also pictured is Captain Michael Lipetri, the commanding officer of the 101 Precinct. Jonathan Gaska, right, the district manager of Community Board 14, promises his organization’s backing during the initial planning meeting on February 11. Also pictured is Captain Michael Lipetri, the commanding officer of the 101 Precinct. The lead group for the Olympics is the 101 Precinct Community Council. They are being joined by the 100 Precinct Community Council and representatives from local and city organizations and the offices of various elected officials.

The second planning meeting was February 25. The next meeting of the planning committee is scheduled for Friday, March 18 at 10 a.m. at the Arverne Library.

Following the second meeting, Ferguson emailed The Wave, “I can tell you that we are emphasizing to go to the website and share comments. Also, our push now is for peninsula-wide involvement and advertising. We were discussing how to engage or interest the west end of the peninsula in participation, given the racial divide.”

The games will feature both athletic events – such as soccer, track and field and basketball – and mental stimulation events such as chess, essay writing and a possible spelling bee.

According to its website, “Rock- Olympics 2012 was originally conceived to find a solution to improve the policecommunity relations on the Rockaway peninsula. Its overall goal is to bridge the gap on the community, as well as offer recreational activities to the youth with the additional intent of decreasing crime and addressing obesity.” In addition, its “underlying goal is to bring pride in the peninsula and harmony through teamwork, east and west, collectively.”

Ferguson also said that they will be “contacting those already doing athletics to volunteer with the Rock- Olympics” and that fundraising and the search for sponsorship will soon begin.

A deadline for logo submissions has not yet been determined, according to the Rock-Olympics website, but winners are scheduled to be announced at the end of this month. For more information on the logo contest you can email logo@rockawayolmpics.com. To find out more about the games go to www.rockawayolympics.com.

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