June 18, 2013
NEW YORK -
On the Friday of Father's Day Weekend, children from New York City's P.S. 128 had a day filled with hoops, fun and encouragement from St. John's head men's basketball coach Steve Lavin. Children in grades 1-6, whose fathers are either overseas or not a part of their lives, celebrated Father's Day by partnering with mentors during a day of excitement on the hardwood. Lavin and coach Dave Crenshaw of the Dreamers Camp afterschool program participated with the children in a day of basketball activities.
The day's activities were organized with the help of the Dad's Away Foundation, whose mission is to underscore the importance of fathers, as well as address difficulties children may have growing up in all familial situations. The after school program Camp Dreamers, run by Crenshaw, has been an integral part of the Washington Heights community of Upper Manhattan.
"I was honored to participate with the Dad's Away Foundation in celebrating Father's Day Weekend with a fun-filled afternoon of basketball," said Lavin. "My father, Cap Lavin, was my hero and best friend. He left behind a powerful legacy as a career educator and author, but his greatest influence was on the six children he raised. Events like this remind us all of how vital good role models are in the lives of young people."
"I am happy to have such great partners able to bring a positive experience to the children of our community whose fathers are not here," said Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez on Friday. "Positive male role models are an invaluable part of a child's development and too often they are absent when they are needed most. The work done by Dad's Away Foundation contributes greatly toward remedying these issues and I want to thank Coach Lavin and Coach Dave for their great work today."
"For some kids, Father's Day is a day filled with thankfulness and admiration, but for those children growing up without a dad at home it magnifies a major void in their life," said Anthony Gurino of the Dad's Away Foundation. "The Dad's Away Foundation was privileged to host a Basketball event for the kids in our community as we commemorate Father's Day. We believe that through sports such as basketball, kids gain discipline and develop skills which they can later apply to life."
"The Dreamers would like to thank The Dads Away Foundation, Coach Lavin and Councilmember Rodriguez for bringing this wonderful event to P.S. 128," said Crenshaw. "Our Alumni Fathers are grateful for the chance to brighten up someone's day that may not have male role model to do it. It is important that kids meet proper role models like Coach Lavin and the other volunteers so that they can make good choices and follow the right people. By the time the day is over these kids will not only improve basketball but also learn what it takes to get ahead in life and one day take care of your own family ."