“We need to listen to our youth.”
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.
CSC was founded by Patricia D’Accolti in 2005. Her own experiences led her to start this organization, which at first helped provide sports equipment and money for children whose families were in crisis. As the years went on, the organization continued to grow. Not only does CSC raise money through fundraising drives, they collect gently used sporting equipment and have volunteers who donate their time to work with children in need.
On the heels of a successful fundraising event recently with Limitless Athletics in Holbrook, another organization has also stepped up to the plate. The Long Island Sports Complex in Freeport reached out to CSC through a previous article in Newsday and wanted to support their ongoing mission.
On Sun., March 9, the facility hosted one of three events which raised money from a 50/50 raffle, and collected monetary donations and used sporting equipment. “They’re not only about raising revenue for their business, but also about giving back to the community” said D’Accolti. “They are seeing what youth sports are doing for the community and it’s wonderful that they have joined the cause.” EZ Restoration is another company getting involved by offering its services to transport all sports equipment collected.
Helping D’Accolti at the Long Island Sports Complex were three Farmingdale State College students. Sports Management Club President PJ Waszkiewizz was one of the students who was there to lend a helping hand. “I feel children can learn a lot about discipline, hard work and not quitting.” said Waszkiewizz. “I think this is where the real message is.” The students volunteering at this event are only a few of the many who have given their time and effort to support this great organization. The Children’s Sports Connection also has a junior board consisting of local high school students from St. Mary’s and Chaminade High School.
D’Accolati, who is very passionate about what she does, wants to keep the mission personal. Businesses such as Farrell Fritz, attorneys who represent CSC and Champion Office Suite, and donate office space, are all doing their part to further the cause. “These businesses are more engaged in our mission because they understand the value of sports.” stated D’Accolti. She also added that the CSC attracts by its mission. While CSC takes care of the Long Island community, but also reaches out to other communities as well. This particular drive was geared towards helping the Long Beach community as well as P.S. 69 in the Bronx.
President D’Accolti strongly feels that this organization will continue to expand due to the generous nature of businesses and volunteers. She is very proud of her volunteers. “I could sit here all day and tell you about kids’ groups, college students and athletics teams that are so engaged in the mission.” said D’Accolti. “We need to listen to our youth.”
To learn more about how to donate or volunteer for Children’s Sport Connection, log on to http://www.cscny.org/