Sports Equipment Drive Kicks Off in East Meadow

13-002The month-long drive is collecting gently used sports equipment now through Nov. 15 at various locations throughout Nassau County.

A sports equipment drive kicked off in East Meadow Wednesday at the Nassau County Aquatic Center in Eisenhower Park.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano joined representatives from Children’s Sport Connection and Adults and Children with Learning & Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (ACLD).

Local children and their parents made the first donations, including Erica Rodriquez and his father Robert of Massapequa; Patrick Duffy of Massapequa; JP KilCullen of Garden City; Dean D’Accolti of Seaford; Kevin Duggan of Franklin Square; Anthony D’Accolti of Seaford; Matthew Field and his parents, Marc and Lori Field, of East Rockaway; Sam Moser of Baldwin; Matt Unterberg of Merrick; Matt Brown of Hewlett; Evan Zaransky of East Rockaway; Tyler Peresiper of East Rockaway; Ryan Wainer of East Rockaway; Chris Altomare of Bellmore; Adam Greene of Merrick; and Kara Ognibene of Merrick.

The month-long drive is collecting gently used sports equipment now through Nov. 15. All donated items will benefit ACLD as well as children from various county programs, Mangano said.

Gently used and new golf clubs, baseball mitts, tennis racquets, skates, balls – and any other sports-related items – can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Nassau County Executive’s Office, 1550 Franklin Avenue, Mineola
  • Nassau County Aquatic Center-Eisenhower Park, Merrick Avenue south of Stewart Avenue, East Meadow
  • Cedar Creek Park-3340 Merrick Road, Seaford
  • Wantagh Park-1 King Road, Wantagh
  • Christopher Morley Park-500 Searingtown Road, Roslyn/North Hills
  • Ticket Office at Eisenhower Golf-Eisenhower Park, East Meadow
  • Rev. Arthur Mackey Sr. Park-Lakeside Drive and Washington Road, Roosevelt
  • Mitchel Athletic Complex-1 Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Uniondale
  • North Woodmere Park-Branch Boulevard and Hungry Road, North Woodmere
  • Grant Park-Broadway and Sheridan Avenue, Hewlett
  • Cantiague Park-480 W John Street, Hicksville
  • Old Bethpage Village Restoration-1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage

The Raymond Gasper Memorial Fund

Raymond Gasper was an avid sports fan and athlete. He grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as the youngest of nine children. He began his love of sports at a young age, often playing pickup games with his brothers and peers. In High School, Raymond was a star quarterback, eventually being recruited to the University of Pittsburgh on an athletic scholarship. Unfortunately, an injury robbed him of his playing career. Raymond ultimately obtained a doctorate at The Ohio State University, where he also met the love of his life, Janet. They married and moved to New York City. The newly minted Dr. Gasper began a career spanning fifty-two years teaching and directing plays as a professor in the Drama, Theatre, and Dance Department at Queens College. He eventually took over as the Chairperson of the Department. In addition to directing countless productions at Queens College, Raymond also directed plays in various Off-Off Broadway Theatres.

As a father of eight children, Raymond enjoyed coaching many of his sons’ and daughters’ various baseball teams. Raymond always encouraged young people to work hard and never give up on their dreams.

Raymond’s love for sports was always evident, and he often cheered on the underdog. While he was primarily a Met’s fan, he also cheered on the Yankees and the Jet’s, always supporting the teams of his state. Raymond also enjoyed college sports, particularly football and basketball.

It would also make Raymond proud that his name is affiliated with Children’s Sport Connection, whose goal, just like Raymond, is to inspire young people, through the medium of providing sports opportunity.

The Raymond Gasper Fund has now been set up in honor of his memory. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please consider making a secure donation by clicking the donate button at the top of the page.

High School Students Assume Positions of Leadership at Children’s Sport Connection

In a period of economic turmoil on Long Island, Children’s Sport Connection has successfully revolutionized itself with a previously unprecedented innovation. By allowing High School students to lead the organization, Children’s Sport Connection has refreshed its perspective with a brand new viewpoint with which to work with.

“It’s truly remarkable,” says Founder Patricia D’Accolti, regarding the extradition of leadership to High School adolescents, “that these young men have taken it upon themselves to give back to the community in such a huge way. While the economy has made it difficult to sustain a non-profit organization; they have found a very unique way to support Children’s Sport Connection.”

President Anthony D’Accolti, Vice-President Matthew DeAngelis Secretary Kevin Byrne, Treasurer Zachary Bostrom, and Program Coordinator Robert Cote, all part of the Chaminade High School graduating Class of 2013, have each adopted the responsibilities implied by being a part of the organization’s first ever Junior Board. They will run the day-to-day operations of the organization for a commitment of one year with occasional feedback from the Executive Board. It is the hope of the Junior Board that the responsibilities of day-to-day operations will be passed down to a new set of philanthropic students at the end of the day

“I enjoy working for CSC because it is a great opportunity to help kids have fun.” says Zach Bostrom, in regards to the experience of being a part of the organization. “Playing sports should be something every kid can do regardless of their troubles.”

Children’s Sport Connection was founded in 2005 with the goal of providing financial assistance to those children from homes in the midst of a family crisis. The organization works under the ideal that “this activity will provide an appropriate outlet for these troubled children, who might otherwise be negatively influenced by their family’s struggles. Furthermore, through interaction with coaches, teammates, and other involved families, our program reinforces self esteem and provides positive role models. The Children’s Sport Connection strives to set the groundwork for these children to become responsible, dedicated, healthful, and well-rounded adults.”

With the current state of the economy, it is a morose time for small-nonprofit organizations nationwide. The idea of enabling the very people whom the organization was founded to assist to have considerable influence in the running of the organization is cutting-edge in-and-of itself, and is largely untested. The new Junior Board of Children’s Sport Connection brings along a youthful ambition while effectively ridding itself of the operating expenses which burden most non-profit organizations.

This new Junior Board is teeming with an adolescent fervor for sports, whether it be Baseball, Fishing, Wrestling, or Hockey, and will work tirelessly towards the end-goal of bringing the joy of sports to children who otherwise cannot experience it. Because in the end, it’s the kids that matter.

Children’s Sport Connection Event – Nassau County

From: Tennis Racquets for Kids

TRFK, Inc. donated fifty tennis racquets at a Children’s Sport Connection event held in Nassau County, NY. The event was spearheaded by Edward Mangano, the Nassau County Executive. The purpose of the event was to collect gently used sports equipment for a month-long period to benefit Adults and Children with Learning & Developmental Disabilities, Inc. This organization has more than twenty group homes in Nassau County as well as a youth program for those with developmental and learning disabilities. Additionally, the month-long drive will also benefit programs throughout the county.

Join Baseball Player Magazine & Children’s Sports Connection And Donate Equipment

From: Baseball Player Magazine

The Baseball Player Magazine Training and Media Center has joined with Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano to support a sports equipment drive for Children’s Sport Connection.

BPM will host an equipment sorting and distribution day on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at their Jericho, New York baseball and softball facility. Everyone is invited to bring gently used or new golf clubs, baseball mitts, tennis racquets, skates, balls – pretty much any sports-related item. 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, many children in need will enjoy the opportunity to play sports.

The donated equipment distributed will benefit Adults and Children with Learning & Developmental Disabilities, Inc. ACLD has over 20 group homes in Nassau County as well as a separate youth program for those with developmental and learning disabilities. The drive will also benefit children from other 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. They 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. Their slogan is “Helping kids stay in touch during tough times.” For more info visit

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, New York. For more info, please visit

Children’s Sport Connection Volunteers Thanked

From: Garden City News

junior board 001Hempstead Town Clerk Mark presented “Office of the Town Clerk” Citations at the Champion Suite Headquarters in Garden City on April 23rd to five individuals who were instrumental in supporting the Children’s Sport Connection, a non-profit organization.

These individuals, three Chaminade High School Seniors, Bob Cote (of Garden City), Anthony D’Accolti and Kevin Byrne (of Garden City), Patricia D’Accolti Exec. Director Children’s Sport Connection and Roger Kahn President of Champion Office Suites(of Garden City) have made the mission of Children’s Sport Connection available to many.

The mission of Children’s Sport Connection is to provide financial assistance to those children from homes in the midst of a family crisis. These individuals have made a difference in the lives of many young children.