Division of Recreation awarded “SNY PLAY BALL” Special Needs Sports Field Day for students in grades 5-8.
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The Bayonne Division of Recreation, along with the Bayonne Board of Education, will be hosting a Special Needs Sports Field Day with SNY as part of the SNY Play Ball presented by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center initiative, for Bayonne elementary students in Grades 5–8. Special Guest Appearances by Willie Randolph, Sparky Lyle, Nelson Figueroa and Mr. Met.

This program is cross sports initiative that supports youth baseball, softball, football and basketball programs in the New York metropolitan area through unique and comprehensive contributions. This baseball season, SNY has teamed up with the New York Mets to award grants, donate equipment, conduct clinics at Citi Field, invite youth to a Mets game, and provide employee volunteers for a league project.

“We are very excited and very fortunate to be once again working with SNY on a program that means a lot of our City and most importantly, our children,” stated Pete Amadeo, Supervisor of Recreation.

On May 1 at Don Ahern Veterans Stadium, elementary students will have the opportunity to participate in various field day activities.

“I am honored to support SNY’s endeavors to promote healthy activities in our school district,” stated Dr. Patricia L. McGeehan, Superintendent of Schools.

Employees from SNY will be volunteering and helping assist the students in sports such as flag football, baseball, soccer, volleyball, lacrosse, relay races and more! The day will conclude with an awards ceremony, highlighted by an appearance by former New York Mets pitcher and current SNY studio analyst Nelson Figueroa. Mr. Met, the official mascot of the New York Mets, will also be in attendance.

“SNY is providing our students an opportunity for learning outside of the traditional classroom, in a fun, non-competitive environment. It is my sincere hope that programs such as these build confidence and will motivate our students, not to compete, but to strive to reach their own personal best,” stated Woodrow Wilson Principal, Maureen Brown.

The Field Day will air as part of SNY’s “Play Ball” week, beginning May 29th on the SNY network, where the day’s event will be featured in SNY programs “GEICO SportsNite” and “Kids Clubhouse,” as well on-air during a live broadcast of New York Mets baseball.

The Special Needs Sports Field Day kicks off an exciting week in Bayonne, as the Division of Recreation Special Needs Baseball League, “Buddy Baseball,” begins on May 6. A “kick off” breakfast for players and families will begin at 9 a.m. with the opening day parade, ceremony and games immediately following.

For more information on Special Needs Sports in Bayonne, contact Pete Amadeo at the Division of Recreation at (201) 858-6129 or email bayonnerec@aol.com.

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