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To Marianne Syrett From Courtney Syrett Bay Shore (Credit: Handout)

To Marianne Syrett
From Courtney Syrett
Bay Shore softball, field hockey


Dear Mom,
I want to thank you for everything you did for me. I'm really thankful for those 17 years we spent together and you doing even the little things like washing my uniforms and packing my lunch. I appreciated you coming to my games and supporting me, even though you were battling this horrible thing. The joy and passion you showed always made me strive to be better and make you more proud. It was hard seeing you struggle, but it was amazing that you had the strength to forget about that and still come watch your daughter play. You shaped me into the person I am, and everything I am is all because of you. Love, Courtney


Marianne Syrett passed away on Feb. 20, 2012. Courtney writes the letters "MS" -- her mother’s initials -- on her forearm before every game she plays. |

High school athletes write Mother's Day letters to their moms

High school athletes across Long Island wrote heartfelt messages to the moms who made it all happen.
Compiled by Laura Albanese, Ian Cutler, Mike Gavin, Stephen Haynes, Bob Herzog, Jordan Lauterbach and Gregg Sarra

To Shirley Alston From Mike Alston Amityville basketball
(Credit: Mike Stobe)

To Shirley Alston
From Mike Alston
Amityville basketball


Dear Mom,
Throughout my life, you have been my biggest supporter. You were the person who kept me motivated and feeling positive even through my ACL injury. Because of your encouragement, I gained confidence both on and off the court. You taught me the life lesson to never give up. Besides looking after my high school basketball career, you always stressed education first and said, "Be a student first and then an athlete." This Mother's Day, I say, "Thank you for everything you did for me."
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To Carla D’Ambra From Kewan Beebe Glen Cove
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

To Carla D’Ambra
From Kewan Beebe
Glen Cove basketball


Dear Mom,
First, I want to tell you how much I appreciate everything you do for me. Without you, my life wouldn't be what it is today. I am very thankful to have someone as special as you in my everyday life. You mean the world and more to me. I'm more than grateful that you care for me so much. You helped turn my life around and I don't know where I would be without you. I know we will enjoy this day and someday look back on it as one of our favorite memories. I love you so much, Mom. Happy Mother's Day! Love, Kewan

To Barbara Bitzer From Ryan Bitzer Riverhead football,
(Credit: Handout)

To Barbara Bitzer
From Ryan Bitzer
Riverhead football, basketball, lacrosse


Dear Mom,
Ever since my sports career started when I was 5, the one thing I always remembered having was your relentless support. You have always been there for me, whether if it was to cheer me up after a tough loss or to keep me humble after an astounding performance or a big team win. All the times you had to go out of your way to take me to my practices, games, camps and private lessons, you never complained once, and it just makes me so thankful to have a mom like you. I just want to say thank you so much, Mom, for being there for me through thick and thin and always having my back in whatever I do. Happy Mother's Day! Love, Ryan
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To Susan Casali From Steven Casali Sachem East
(Credit: Heather Walsh)

To Susan Casali
From Steven Casali
Sachem East football


Dear Mom,
It seems like yesterday that you were with me at the bus stop for my first day of kindergarten. I wouldn’t be where I am today without you. I just want to thank you for everything you do for me; like cooking me food, doing my laundry, and being there for me when you know something is wrong even when I say I'm fine. I see how much you do for me that can at times be taken for granted. The most important thing you have done for me was teaching me the work ethic that I have today and how to keep my head up even through the tough times. I'm going to miss seeing you everyday when I leave for college. I just want to say I love you so much mom and thank you for not just being my mom, but also my best friend. Love, Steven
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To Jacqueline Guevara From Tiana (right) & Talia
(Credit: Handout)

To Jacqueline Guevara
From Tiana (right) & Talia Guevara
Miller Place track and field


Dear Mom,
Thank you for everything that you have done for us in the past couple of years, such as driving us from practice, to meets and supporting us in every way possible. Thank you for not only supporting us in cross country and track, but also in our academics. You are the most amazing and selfless person we know and we wouldn't be where we are today without your constant support. Thank you mom and for everything that you have done for us. We love you! Love, Talia and Tiana
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To Gina Hansen From Robert Hansen Roosevelt football
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

To Gina Hansen
From Robert Hansen
Roosevelt football & track


Dear Mom,
A loving, caring, nurturing mother doesn't deserve recognition for one day, but for a lifetime! No trophy, game or championship can compare to the bond between a mother and her son. Mom, you are my number one fan, favorite cheerleader, motivator and the reason I never quit. You are the hardest working person in my life. Every accomplishment, achievement, and goal is made possible because of you and your heart of gold. I believe I will be successful in everything I do, not just athletics, because of what you have instilled in me. Happy Mother's Day, Mom. I love you.
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To Stephanie Laurelli From Phillip Laurelli Lynbrook hockey
(Credit: Handout)

To Stephanie Laurelli
From Phillip Laurelli
Lynbrook hockey


Dear Mom,
You were with me the first time I put on skates at 5. I know I cried when I fell to the ice but you were there to help me up and encourage me to keep at it. You came to just about all of my games, I heard you cheering in the stands, and even though you couldn't always remember what happened on the ice, you always encouraged me after the game. You got up really early, and stayed up really late to get me to practice, and now that I'm off to college next year I'd like to say thanks for being a great hockey mom, and an even better Mom. Love, Phillip
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To Susan Ortega From Jamie (right) & Nikki
(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

To Susan Ortega
From Jamie (right) & Nikki Ortega
Middle Country lacrosse, Centereach soccer


Dear Mom,
You are our #1 supporter on and off the fields! You are always taking us to practices, clinics, camps, pasta parties, tournaments and of course, those famous after-game Starbucks runs. We appreciate the little things you do: making sure dinner is waiting for us the minute we get home from practice or you running up to the school with forgotten goggles or an extra water, or turf cleats because the practice field changed. There aren't enough hugs and kisses to tell you how much you mean to us. But Mom, we could not do this without your love, patience and support. Thank you Mom for always believing in us. Love, Jamie & Nikki
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To Michele Pepe From Alexa Pepe Bethpage gymnastics
(Credit: James Escher)

To Michele Pepe
From Alexa Pepe
Bethpage gymnastics


Dear Mom,
Ever since I was a little girl, you gave me the courage to never give up, and without that advice, I would never have been able to accomplish everything I have today. You’re my biggest fan 100% of the time and I couldn't be more grateful. I know driving me from cheer to gymnastics everyday can get a little hectic, but you never fail to make sure I'm always happy with everything I do. Although I may not always show it, I truly appreciate everything you do for me, and I couldn’t ask for a better mom than you. Happy Mother's Day! Love always, Alexa
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To Fairley Pilaro From Keeling Pilaro Southampton field
(Credit: Handout)

To Fairley Pilaro
From Keeling Pilaro
Southampton field hockey, wrestling, tennis


Mom, you're so dedicated and do so much for the whole family and we really appreciate it. With me and my three younger brothers and all the sports, it's really busy, but you keep track of everything and make sure we're all OK. It meant so much to me that you fought for me to be able to play field hockey the last two years. You played it too and you understand how much I love it. For the past few weekends I've been playing in a lot of tournaments in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, and you've been driving me all over. Thank you so much for being a great mom. Love, Keeling |

To Maritza Santiago From Gio Santiago Sachem North
(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

To Maritza Santiago
From Gio Santiago
Sachem North wrestler


Dear Mom,
Thank you for all that you have done for me throughout my wrestling career and what soon will come. You have been my number one fan since the beginning. I strongly believe that I would not have been able to accomplish it all without you. Thanks for all the times you've bought me food...and kept me from eating too much -- because I had to cut weight. You inspired me as you followed me around from gym to gym, and state to state, to support me anywhere I'd be wrestling. When I won my first county title in the big arena in Stony Brook, your voice was the loudest sound out of the whole crowd, especially when I won the county and shot that arrow! The best mom I could ask for is you.
Happy Mother’s Day.
Love, G
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To Marianne Syrett From Courtney Syrett Bay Shore
(Credit: Handout)

To Marianne Syrett
From Courtney Syrett
Bay Shore softball, field hockey


Dear Mom,
I want to thank you for everything you did for me. I'm really thankful for those 17 years we spent together and you doing even the little things like washing my uniforms and packing my lunch. I appreciated you coming to my games and supporting me, even though you were battling this horrible thing. The joy and passion you showed always made me strive to be better and make you more proud. It was hard seeing you struggle, but it was amazing that you had the strength to forget about that and still come watch your daughter play. You shaped me into the person I am, and everything I am is all because of you. Love, Courtney


Marianne Syrett passed away on Feb. 20, 2012. Courtney writes the letters "MS" -- her mother’s initials -- on her forearm before every game she plays. |

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