Farmingdale State College students collect sports gear for disadvantaged children

From: News 12 Long Island

FARMINGDALE – Students at Farmingdale State College are rounding up gear for football, basketball, baseball and other sports to be donated to under-privileged children on Long Island.

The students started collecting gently used equipment on Monday, and have since received hundreds of donations.

The donation drive is part of a community service initiative within the college. The donations will be given to Children’s Sport Connection, a Garden City-based organization that makes sure disadvantaged children have the gear they need to stay active.

Founder Patricia D’Accolti says she was fortunate to team up with the students at Farmingdale. “These students here at this school have really impressed me with their dedication, their professionalism and their willingness to want to make a difference in the community,” she said.

The sporting equipment will go to children in Long Beach and Valley Stream.

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LIB Magazine – The Children’s Sport Connection Needs Your Help!

From: LIB Magazine, Gregory Giaconelli



Farmingdale State College’s Sports Management Club and Sigma Beta Delta in conjunction with Children’s Sports Connection will be asking for donations of sporting equipment for underprivileged youth on Long Island.

The Sports Management Club from Farmingdale has participated in other drives to help CSC and is happy to be collaborating with them this time.  Sports Management Club President PJ Waszkiewicz feels “playing sports can help many children to learn valuable life lessons.”  Along with the Sports Management Club and Sigma Beta Delta, many other organizations are pitching in to help make this drive be a big success.  Farmingdale State College, Farmingdale State College Athletic Department, The United Mavericks, Farmingdale PAL, Farmingdale High School Athletic Department, Cascarinos of Farmingdale, the Bagel Hut of Farmingdale, Farmingdale Baseball League and Astoria Federal Business Banking Department are all involved in the campaign.  Significant donations have also been made by the Waszkiewicz and Grassi families boosting the drive.  “I am extremely proud of all of the students and our sponsors for their support in this effort to bringing hope to many children so they can now play sports with the proper equipment” said Waszkiewicz.

This event ends today but there’s still time to make it to the Farmingdale campus.  On April 19th, the campaign will be open to the public and take place in the Campus Center lobby from noon to four p.m.

Patty D’Accolti, executive director and founder of Children Sports Connection, is happy to be working with the students. “It’s very moving to see the Farmingdale State College Community come together to support our youth right here on Long Island” said D’Accolti.  “What’s most impressive are the initiatives taken by the students who have led this collaboration to raise funds and collect equipment to further the mission of CSC. I have enjoyed working with them on this project and am delighted to see their commitment to helping those who are disadvantaged achieve their athletic goals.”

For more information on this event and how you can make a difference, log on and click into their Upcoming Events tab or check out Farmingdale’s activities calendar.

Children’s Sport Connection in LIB Magazine

By: Greg G. – March 14, 2014

A promising future starts with one’s childhood experiences.  Living a normal, fulfilling adolescent life helps an individual become a successful adult.  Participating in sports is one way to help achieve that goal.  Children’s Sport Connection (CSC), a non-profit organization, is looking to help make this possible for children who are in need.

Read the full article at LIB Magazine


Children’s Sport Connection 2013 Celebration Dinner featured in LIB Magazine

By: Matt Saidman – December 19, 2013

Helping Kids To Stay In Sports!

Last Wednesday, Children’s Sports Connection hosted a celebration dinner to reflect on the organization’s impact and accomplishments thus far, and to look ahead at what is to come in 2014.  Featuring an auction and a raffle, the dinner was also a great opportunity to raise money for more kids to benefit in the future…

Read the full article at LIB Magazine

The Baseball Player Magazine Training and Media Center has joined the cause with Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Children’s Sport Connection (CSC) to help with their Sports Equipment Drive.

BPM will host an equipment sorting and distribution day at their Jericho, NY Baseball and Softball facility.  The Saturday, November 16, 2013 event closes a month long drive with the assistance of The Nassau County Executive to collect donations of gently used and new golf clubs, baseball mitts, tennis racquets, skates, balls and any sports related items.  With the help of a local baseball organization, the Long Island Whalers, and other volunteers who will be working at the sorting and distribution event, every child in need can enjoy the opportunity to play sports.

The donated equipment distributed will benefit Adults and Children with Learning & Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (ACLD) with over 20 group homes in Nassau County and their youth program for those with developmental and learning disabilities.  The drive will also benefit children from various programs throughout Nassau County.

The mission of Children’s Sport Connection is to provide financial assistance to those children from homes in the midst of a family crisis.  We believe these children can benefit emotionally if they are enabled to maintain an active involvement in organized sports.  Many studies have shown that such activity is the hallmark of a healthier lifestyle benefiting children at each age level.  Families in crisis often find it difficult to devote their precious time and finances to athletic programs. “Helping kids stay in touch during tough times”.

Baseball Player Magazine Training and Media Center is a baseball and softball training center featuring 15,000 square feet of training area for fielding, hitting, pitching, strength and speed training.  Production of their Baseball Player Magazine also takes place at the facility.  Visit them at 200 Robbins Lane, Jericho, NY.  For more info, please