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Children's Sports Connection's executive director and Seaford resident Patricia D'Accolti poses with her sons, Anthony, 17, and Dean, 16 (right), at Iceworks in Syosset. The support that Anthony and Dean received from their hockey team as young boys inspired D'Accolti to start the Children's Sport Connection. (Oct. 15, 2013)

Volunteer Nation: Pinch hitting

A mom and her group go to bat for young athletes in need.

Children's Sports Connection (CSC) founder and executive director
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Children's Sports Connection (CSC) founder and executive director Patricia D'Accolti of Seaford shows Akra Girard, 8, of Long Beach, how to hold a baseball bat at a sports equipment give-away organized by CSC at New Life Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ in Long Beach. (Oct. 19, 2013)

The Ice Cats hockey team from Syosset (kids
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The Ice Cats hockey team from Syosset (kids in jerseys) play with recipients of sports equipment from the Children's Sport Connection at the Hempstead PAL Center in Hempstead. The programs "giving to learn" and anti-bullying are part of CSC. (October, 2010)

Anthony DiPerri is excited to receive a
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Anthony DiPerri is excited to receive a "certificate of apprecition" by the Children's Sport Connection.

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Children's Sports Connection's executive director and Seaford resident
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Children's Sports Connection's executive director and Seaford resident Patricia D'Accolti poses with her sons, Anthony, 17, and Dean, 16 (right), at Iceworks in Syosset. The support that Anthony and Dean received from their hockey team as young boys inspired D'Accolti to start the Children's Sport Connection. (Oct. 15, 2013)

The chairman of the board of Children's Sports
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The chairman of the board of Children's Sports Connection, Marc Field, 68, of East Rockaway, looks on as Jailel Lawrence, 6, of Long Beach, poses at a sports equipment give-away sponsored by Children's Sports Connection at New Life Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ in Long Beach. (Oct. 19, 2013)

Oliver McNeil, 12, of Hempstead, shows the ball
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Oliver McNeil, 12, of Hempstead, shows the ball he picked up at a sports equipment give-away organized by Children's Sports Connection at New Life Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ in Long Beach. (Oct. 19, 2013)

Felix Silva, 52, of Long Beach, helps his
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Felix Silva, 52, of Long Beach, helps his son, Manuel, 5, learn how to skate at a sports equipment give-away organized by Children's Sports Connection at New Life Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ in Long Beach. (Oct. 19, 2013)

From left, Marc Field and Patricia D’Accolti of
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From left, Marc Field and Patricia D’Accolti of the Children’s Sport Connection with attendees at recent sports equipment giveaway this month in Long Beach. (Oct. 19, 2013)

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Children's Sports Connection volunteer Lisa Moskowitz, 44, of
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Children's Sports Connection volunteer Lisa Moskowitz, 44, of Plainview, with the many citations and awards Children's Sports Connection received during the period she was volunteering. (Oct. 22, 2013)

Nancy Maldonado, 66 (left), and Nilda Dias, 75
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Nancy Maldonado, 66 (left), and Nilda Dias, 75 (right), both of Long Beach, look for sports gear for their grandchildren at a sports equipment give-away organized by Children's Sports Connection at the New Life Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ in Long Beach. (Oct. 19, 2013)

Roger Kahn, 58, of New Rochelle and Leslie
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Roger Kahn, 58, of New Rochelle and Leslie Gross, 62, of Manhasset, both volunteer at Children's Sports Connection by providing critical support, resources and advice. (Oct. 22, 2013)

Pastor Mark Moses, 44, of Long Beach, with
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Pastor Mark Moses, 44, of Long Beach, with Malachi Wilson, 11, of Long Beach, at a sports equipment give-away organized by Children's Sports Equipment at Moses' New Life Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ in Long Beach. (Oct. 19, 2013)

Young Long Island athletes gather at the Nassau
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Young Long Island athletes gather at the Nassau County Aquatic Center to announce a sports equipment drive to benefit Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities. (Oct. 15, 2013)

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Volunteers Granson Davis, 17, and Tiane Moses, 18,
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Volunteers Granson Davis, 17, and Tiane Moses, 18, both of Long Beach, arrange skates for a Children's Sports Connection equipment give-away at New Life Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ in Long Beach. (Oct. 19, 2013)

Gently used skates are sorted by type and
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Gently used skates are sorted by type and size for a sports equipment give-away organized by Children's Sports Connection at New Life Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ in Long Beach. (Oct. 19, 2013)

Volunteers gather at the Martin Luther King Center
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Volunteers gather at the Martin Luther King Center in Long Beach to distribute sports equipment to children affected by superstorm Sandy. The Nassau County Police Department and PAL sponsored the drive at 16 drop-off locations in Nassau to collect the equipment.

Akra Girard, 8, of Long Beach, checks roller
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Akra Girard, 8, of Long Beach, checks roller blades on a sports equipment give-away organized by Children's Sports Connection at New Life Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ in Long Beach. (Oct. 19, 2013)

Children's Sports Connection executive director Patricia D'Accolti, of
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Children's Sports Connection executive director Patricia D'Accolti, of Seaford, with Eli Silva, 2, of Long Beach at a sports equipment give-away organized by the Connection at New Life Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ in Long Beach. (Oct. 19, 2013)

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Kailel Lawrence, 8, of Long Beach, plays with
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Kailel Lawrence, 8, of Long Beach, plays with a ball at a sports equipment give away organized by Children's Sports Connection at New Life Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ in Long Beach. (Oct. 19, 2013)

From left, Children's Sports Connection board chairman Marc
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From left, Children's Sports Connection board chairman Marc Field, 68, of East Rockaway, Terrence Young, 14, of East Meadow, and CSC founder Patricia D'Accolti, of Seaford, at a CSC sports equipment give-away at New Life Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ in Long Beach. (Oct. 19, 2013)

Taylor Girard, 6, of Long Beach, fills up
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Taylor Girard, 6, of Long Beach, fills up his cart with sports gear at a sports equipment give-away organized by Children's Sports Connection at New Life Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ in Long Beach. (Oct. 19, 2013)

Jarell Phillips, 2, of Long Beach, at a
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Jarell Phillips, 2, of Long Beach, at a sports equipment give away organized by Children's Sports Connection at New Life Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ in Long Beach. (Oct. 19, 2013)

Children's Sports Connection volunteer Matt Field, 16, of
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Children's Sports Connection volunteer Matt Field, 16, of East Rockaway, poses with the Certificate of Achievement he received from Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano during a press conference at the Aquatic Center in East Meadow announcing a sports equipment drive for disabled children and adults. (Oct. 15, 2013)

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