To: Steve Washington | From: Elijah Riley, Newfield football

Dad,

I know sometimes on the surface a lot of what you do goes unrecognized, especially at times during the season where “Eli was cramp free” or when “Eli had the freshest cleats,” but you have no idea how appreciative I am of all that you have done for myself and all of us at home. Between dance battles in the living room or the long car rides to whatever football event we’re going to, I’ve cherished every single moment. You’ve taught me many lessons that have been nothing but beneficial, and others I had to pretend I hadn’t heard from Mom already, but in the long run everything you do makes me aspire to be a man, father, and husband just like you one day. I am very blessed to be able to call you my Dad.

Love, your little man,

Elijah

Bayport-Blue Point girls lacrosse player Kelsi LoNigro and her father Craig LoNigro Photo Credit:

To: Craig LoNigro

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From: Kelsi LoNigro, Bayport-Blue Point lacrosse

Happy Father’s Day Dad. Big thanks for everything that you have done for me and the family. Your encouraging words have made me who I am today. You’re always driving me to practices and games even when you have your own things to do. I love how you put family first and make sure everyone is taken care of before you help yourself. Love you and hope you have an amazing day because you deserve a day to yourself.

Thanks for always being my biggest fan!

Kelsi

Vin Mascia, the football coach and assistant baseball coach at East Meadow High School, and son Matt, who plays both sports and will graduate from the school on June 26. Photo Credit: James Escher

To: Vinny Mascia | From: Matt Mascia, East Meadow baseball and football

Dear Dad,

There is so much to say about you and what you have done for me. The biggest thing about being a father is always being there for your son. You have had my back and supported me since the day I was born. The thing is that as a team we call ourselves a family, and along with being the best father for Anthony and I, you are also a father to 50+ players every year. That’s what amazes me; you can do it all, no matter what the situation is, you’re there for everyone. You have been that person that I look up to my whole life, that role model that everyone needs. Everything I do out on that field, no matter if its baseball, track or football, I do it to make you proud. If it wasn’t for you and all you have done for me, there is no way I could have accomplished all I have done. Happy Father’s Day Dad.

Love your son,

Matthew

Tim Dearie, St. Anthony's track and field coach, and son Ryan. Photo Credit: James Escher

To: Tim Dearie | From: Ryan Dearie, St. Anthony’s track

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Dad,

As the days of you being my high school coach are coming to an end, I just wanted to thank you for being not just a great coach, but a great Dad. You’ve taught me so much over the years and helped shape me into the young man I am today. Your passion for the sport of track has definitely rubbed off on me and has made me a better runner. These past 4 years of high school have brought so many memories that I’ll hold with me for the rest of my life. My favorite memory was having our cross country team qualify for Nike Cross Country Nationals in 2014, where we finished 8th in the country. Before that season started, my teammates and I didn’t know what to expect. If it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t have dreamed of being as good of a team we turned out to be. The lessons you taught us were the same ones you’ve been teaching me ever since I started running when I was just 5-years-old: Believe in yourself and anything is possible. Even when my running career is over, I will carry these teachings with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me and for being the best Dad I could’ve asked for.

Love,

Ryan

Cannon Kingsley, an All-Long Island boys tennis player from Northport, and father, Harry. Photo Credit: James Escher

To: Harry Kingsley | From: Cannon Kingsley, Northport tennis

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Dear Dad,

Thank you Dad for everything that you do for me. From a very young age you always believed in me and have done everything you could to make me a great person and tennis player. On and off the court you are always involved in everything I do from studying for tests to the amount of tennis I’m playing and regulating my training to make me the best player and person I can be.

You always want to be there for me for every tournament whether it’s in Glen Cove or Florida or France; you are always there to support me. Sometimes we may fight or disagree about something, but I know that everything you do is in my best interest. Your level of commitment to helping me is beyond describing in words. Now I am a Suffolk County champion and a top junior in the country, and I credit it to what you have done for me. Happy Father’s Day Dad: I hope you have a great day — you deserve it.

Cannon