Kicking It Back To The Community

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By Jane Lawrence

Ever since bursting upon the scene in the spring of 2013, LI-Kick, Glen Cove’s Co-ed Adult Kickball League, has been successful in bringing adults from Glen Cove, the surrounding areas and the far reaches of Long Island together for lively, competitive evening kickball games reminiscent of childhood. After the games, teams gather at any number of local restaurants and pubs for further camaraderie. This season, the league added yet another component to its ventures.

Glen Cove resident and league founder, Sal Farruggia, had been thinking of a way to give something back to the community that has been so welcoming of the league, when he was approached by third season player, Dayna Connolly. Connolly is a volunteer at Cove Animal Rescue (CAR), the animal shelter adjacent to the Maccarone playing fields where LI-Kick holds its games, and she suggested the league do something to benefit the animal shelter. With Farruggia’s go-ahead, Connolly organized a contest among the teams to see which team could raise the most money to support CAR.

LIKick_071715AAnimal lover and second season kickballer Ginger Schild from St. James said many members of LI-Kick were very excited about the fundraising contest.

“It always warmed my heart to see an animal shelter right by the fields,” said Schild. “I thought it was a great idea to help out an animal rescue organization.”

Teams collected money for the animal shelter throughout the season with the intention of making a donation to CAR on the night of the spring season playoffs on June 18. A prize was promised to the team who collected the most.

On that night, The Notorious BLT’s proved to be double winners, succeeding both in their first playoff game and as the team which raised the most money for the animal shelter. A presentation of the donation to CAR was made by Sal Farruggia and Connolly with the Notorious BLT’s cheering for the animals in the background.  In all, the league raised approximately $700, which was proudly donated to Cove Animal Rescue, represented by Diane Connolly, a manager for the shelter, and board member Barbara Hall.

Diane Connolly had nothing but praise for LI-Kick and stated, “Not only has this league brought something wonderful to the community, but they are also showing their heart by recognizing the needs of shelter animals.”

Hall said it was a “pleasant surprise that all these teams from all over were willing to support the animals in our care.  We are very grateful.”

Hall also added that it is now kitten season.  Some kittens are now ready for adoption and others will become available shortly.

For further information about Cove Animal Rescue, visit their website, www.coveanimalrescue.org. For more information about LI-Kick or to register for an upcoming league visit www.LI-Kick.com or call the Glen Cove Department of Parks and Recreation at 516-676-3766. Registration for the fall is currently underway.

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