Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano will partner with Little League clubs in District 30 on the south shore of Long Island on March 9, for a 5K Run/Walk to raise funds to replace equipment, supplies and appliances that were destroyed during Hurricane Sandy.
County Executive Mangano stated, “This event provides a wonderful opportunity for Nassau residents to not only help their neighbors who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy and improve their health. It’s a do good, feel good opportunity for the whole family.”
The event, part of County Executive Mangano’s Fit Nassau initiative, will take place at Oceanside Park. The event is being coordinated by a team of volunteers who have united under the banner of the South Shore Little Leagues to support the families of Oceanside, Long Beach, Island Park, Freeport, and Rockville Centre. Other events are being coordinated throughout the Oceanside community on what is being dubbed “Little League Day.” Moes Southwest Grill in Oceanside is donating a percentage of their sales for the entire day to Little League.
According to Michael Mulhern, President of the Oceanside National Little League, each league lost everything in their equipment shacks, including balls, gloves, helmets, umpire equipment, pitching machines, uniforms, etc. as well as all concession supplies and appliances; including refrigerators, microwaves, hot dog machines, coffee makers and pretzel machines. Mulhern said they are still trying to determine if other electrical devices at the parks were damaged, such as the scoreboards. The Oceanside National Little League (LL) purchases supplies in bulk, pre-season for the leagues to realize the savings, and they are stored in the equipment sheds. These large quantities were completely washed away in the flood.
Leagues in District 30 that were affected are: Oceanside American LL; Oceanside Fast Pitch Softball; Oceanside National LL; Island Park LL; Long Beach LL; East Rockaway LL and Freeport LL. Lynbrook and Rockville Centre Little Leagues are also in District 30, however, because they are north of Sunrise Highway they were able to salvage some of their equipment and supplies.
A registration area will be set up near the entrance to Oceanside Park at 3800 Mahlon Brower Drive. Following the race, the area will be converted for the presentation of awards. Registration opens to the public at 7:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9:30 a.m. Those interested in participating in the 5K Run/Walk can register for the event or make donations at www.SouthShoreRun.com. Additional information is available at info@SouthShoreRun.com.