Youth in the Elmont area will show off their athletic skills Saturday in a sports tournament dedicated to a late New York City firefighter from the community.
Starting at 10 a.m., students from fifth grade through college can go to Dutch Broadway School, 1880 Dutch Broadway in Elmont, to register for the day’s 3-on-3 basketball tournament, slam dunk competition, 3-point shooting contest, soccer clinic and 7-on-7 football games. Registration is free.
Participants will be grouped based on their ages, and the games will start at 10:30 a.m. with the fifth- and sixth-grade division. Local pro sports teams, including the Knicks, Yankees, Mets, Jets and Red Bulls, have donated prizes to be awarded to the winners.
“This is a wonderful event for Elmont,” said State Sen. Jack Martins, who has sponsored the event since it started eight years ago. “It's an opportunity for hundreds of children and young adults to play basketball and spend time with their friends and members of the community.”
More than 170 volunteers have worked with Martins to prepare the event in honor of David Dangerfield, who served for nearly two decades in the FDNY -- including at Ground Zero. After he died suddenly in 2009 at the age of 51, Martins began holding the annual tournament in his name because of his involvement in Elmont athletics. He was a coach in the Elmont South Little League and was the president of the Elmont Cardinals football club. He also very involved in the high school’s varsity football program.
As an added attraction, Elmont High School’s boys basketball team, which won the Nassau County Class AA championship this year, will try their hand at wheelchair basketball against a team from the Albertson-based Henry Viscardi School. That game will begin at 11:30 a.m.