Helene Hines sparkled in her moment of glory, drawing a
standing ovation. So inspiring was her story that it left soccer star Sara
Whalen in awe.
The Jewish Sports Hall of Fame held its annual induction ceremony Sunday at
the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center in Commack, saluting Jewish women in
sports. Though there were more familiar names - Whalen, figure skater Sarah
Hughes, broadcaster Suzyn Waldman and golfer Amy Alcott - Hines stole the show.
The former physical education teacher from Lido Beach ran 27 marathons
before multiple sclerosis forced her into a wheelchair. She began running
marathons for therapy. When she could no longer run, she learned how to compete
in a wheelchair and has won in the marathon wheelchair division in the last
"My husband taught me to walk again like I was a child, then he taught me
to run and now he has a monster," Hines, 54, said. "Four months after I learned
how to use the handcycle, I won New York. It's amazing what you can do when
you put your mind to it."
In addition to the five inductees, the Hall honored 14 other women,
including ESPN's Linda Cohn, ice hockey goalie Sara DeCosta, athletic trainer
Neila Jacobson, Hofstra volleyball coach Fran Kalafer and two of her players,
Brie Katz and Jessica Levy, NBA executive Zelda Spoelstra and sportswriter Lisa
Other awards went to high school scholar-athletes: Oceanside's Jesse
Koller, Port Washington's Jarryd Levine and Jericho's Courtney Zale;
collegians: Michigan's Eric Nystrom, UCLA's Mike Saffer and Pittsburgh's Laine
Selwyn; former Islander Bobby Nystrom and former high school basketball coach
Kathryn Martin of Northport and Marie-Louise Michelsohn of Stony Brook were
triple-winners at the USATF National Masters indoor track championships, March
28-30 in Boston.
Michelsohn, 61, broke her world and American records for the women's
60-and-over mile in 6:02.49. The Bohemia Track Club broke its American record
in the women's 40-44 age group 4x400-meter relay in 4:34.23. Long Islanders won
29 medals, 18 gold.
Fame for Mormando
Nick Mormando of Levittown, a proprietor for more than 50 years, was
inducted into the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame on March 13. Mormando
is already enshrined in the Bowling Proprietors Association of America wing at
the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in St. Louis. He has
dedicated more than 20 years to the Hall of Fame as its most successful
fund-raiser. He chaired the site-selection, design and construction committees
and has been an advocate for the sport his entire life.