5TH Annual Coral Park Co-Ed Basketball Tournament Brings Huntington Youth Together!
Another Coral Park Basketball Co-Ed Basketball Tournament in the books! For the fifth year in a row, Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer and the Town of Huntington have worked with the community to host the Coral Park Co-Ed Basketball Tournament that took place this past Saturday. “The tournament has grown in size and in our hearts over the past 5 years. It’s an event I look forward to every year that brings people together for camaraderie and for the love of the game,” stated Legislator William R. Spencer.
The tournament drew out dozens of athletes from the Town of Huntington, ranging in age from 12 to 18. Several half-court games were played throughout the day with a competitive final championship full-court game. The tournament also added an alumni game of athletes who have participated in past years.
“Basketball is a game that develops many skills – hand-eye coordination, speed, and good balance are all necessary but the intangible skills that our kids learn from the game are the most important: critical thinking, teamwork and perseverance,” said Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci. “We hope that all of our kids left the tournament having grown in skill, character, and experience.”
David Harris, a beloved member of the Huntington community who tragically died years ago is memorialized through the tournament’s MVP award. The MVP award was given to Omari Stephen and Leisaan Hibbert. The alumnus MVP was given to Damique Reddick. Damique has played in several Coral Park Basketball Tournaments and is a 2016 graduate of John Glenn High School
The tournament was supported by local businesses and organizations including Spuntino’s who provided pizza, 7-Eleven provided water, Suffolk County PAL provided medals for the athletes, Vision Long Island provided ice and watermelon, First Class Bagels provided refreshments and Petro Home Services who provided 80 free t-shirts for the athletes. The Suffolk County Police Explorers, 2nd Police Precinct and the Town of Huntington Parks Department and General Services were also on hand for support throughout the day.