High School Football Athletes and the Coaches that Mentor them

Brooklyn, NY – Student-athletes have the opportunity to showcase their talents on the field at various football combines.  On May 19, 2019, the Future Phenom Showcase was back at the Erasmus High School Football Field.

The purpose of this showcase is to gather all the talented young high school football athletes to give them the opportunity to be recruited by colleges.

The man behind the showcase, Coach Mouse the DB coordinator for Erasmus High School football decided to create a platform for student-athletes who are the best all-around to get exposure in their recruiting process.

Coach Mouse and 30 of his coaches along with high school football media analyst come together to teach the boys, coach the boys and mentor them so they can perform not only on the field but in their academic studies.

All the coaches play a part in the development of these amazing students.  They come from various backgrounds and all over the states.  Coaches from Florida, New Jersey, Long Island, Ohio, you name it came out to help elevate the boys.

Coach Mouse stated,  “2011 we started with 67 kids, some of who are now in the NFL and others who became NCAA All-Americans”.

“This year we have grown to 170 participants, 30 coaches and a list of media that we are so privileged to have,” said Coach Mouse.

The coaches are hard on the athletes but only to help build their self-esteem up with what they practice every day.

The talent is handpicked by Coach Mouse and that is why it is by invite only.

Coach Mouse stated, “these are D1 students who have already received offers from colleges and if they all didn’t receive yet will be noticed by the end of this showcase due to the media analyst that was there”.

For more details about the Future Phenom Showcase, you reach them on Twitter @futurephenomNYC

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NYC are you ready for the H.Y.P.E. Combine?

Bronx, NY – On May 11, 2019, three organizations; Harlem Jets, About UNYC and IMPCT solutions came together to for H.Y.P.E 2019 NYC HBCU Combine Football. HYPE is the acronym for Honing Your Potential and Excellence.  The HYPE was founded by Walter Brock and Courtney Morgan.

The philosophy of HYPE is to show young athletes how to use their learned skills and use them with their academic studies.  HYPE teaches the athletes what it takes to showcase themselves in a professional matter and social standing.

HYPE is the leading principal in showing the student-athletes how to use their skills on the field and in the classroom.

Due to the mission and purposes of all the organizations, they decided to come together and create a combine for NYC high school football talent.  Harlem Jets is a youth football and cheer league that is located in Harlem, NY.  About U NYC collaborates with student-athletes and their parents to teach the fundamentals of being a scholar and athlete at the same time.  IMPCT solutions are behind the HYPE name.

The registration process started at 8 am and closed at 10:30 am at Randall’s Island Park field 70 and 75.  Before the start of the event, the organizers mingled and spoked with some of the parents.  As the players were parting from the parents, Coach Alex who was one of the founders of this event, talked to the parents about the process of their student-athletes when it comes to preparing them for college.  It was explained how the NCAA paperwork must be completed and filed in order for their sons to be qualified.

The purpose of this combine was to showcase talented high school football athletes in NYC while incorporating drills, position skill training, and a 7-7 competition; offensive line vs defensive line on passing and rushing techniques.

There were light refreshments and music in the background as the players moved throughout the training.  At the end of the session athletes that were top performers went home with a trophy.

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Bungalow Bar hosts their weekly Trivia Game Night

By Shani Hannah | April 9, 2019

Rockaway Beach, NY – The Bungalow Bar located in the middle of the Rockaways hosted their weekly Trivia Game night on Thursday, April 4, 2019.  Trivia games are hosted by a local event team called DJs @ Work.

Bungalow Bar is a relaxed environment that serves the Rockaway community along with visitors from all over the city, Long Island and even out of state to name a few.  People come from all over to enjoy good eats and drinks.

The Bungalow Bar has been opened for 10+ years.  BB decided to have events to bring out the customers as well as new business to enjoy and have fun not just during the warm season but also during the cold nights when people are looking for something to do but don’t want to go far.  Trivia night is only one source of entertainment that they provide to their customers.  By having Trivia and other events it has brought in more revenue than just a regular night especially during the winter.  Most restaurants have a decline in sales when it is the cold months.

The Bungalow Bar is nestled right in the middle of Jamaica Bay where you can overlook it when you’re crossing the Crossbay Bridge.  During the summer months, you can swim up to the restaurant or even dock your small boat and stop in for drinks and food and entertainment.

Bungalow Bar thrives on having happy customers, therefore, they cater to what they enjoy.  Trivia game night allows people to have teams and they have to answer questions and there is a winner at the end of the game.

The workers cater to their clientele, so they feel like part of the Bungalow family.

The Bungalow Bar will continue to host various events to assure that the community continues to come back as well as spread the word.

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Lime Bikes, Everywhere in the Rockaways

By Shani Hannah | April 2, 2019

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Lime Bike left on the ground.                                                                   Photo: Shani Hannah

Rockaway Beach, NY – Lime Bike program was launched in July of 2018 in the Rockaways.  Lime Bike is a dockless bike program that came into the Rockaway Peninsula.  Dockless bikes are brought in by a truck and put out on certain street corner locations.  The purpose is to aid in the convenience of getting around in the Rockaways without the worry of traffic and finding parking when you are visiting certain areas.  As long as you stay in the Rockaways you can ride the bike for $1 for thirty minutes.  You scan the code after you download the app, add your debit or credit card to it and go for a ride.

Residents of the Rockaways love the idea of Lime Bike.

“I find the lime bikes useful to those who do not have a bike of their own,” said Taneek.

Another Rockaway resident, Danasia stated, “I think it’s doing well as promoting a healthier lifestyle for people who may not be able to afford a bike, have space or even want to save money and don’t like carpooling.”

Overall, the residents are happy except for the bikes being left all over.

“People throw them everywhere and anywhere,” Taneek stated.

The bikes seem to be left just anywhere, which is an issue to some residents.

Logan,  a 33-year-old male said, “I don’t like the fact that the kids take the bikes however they take it and ride the bikes wherever and then dump it anywhere, literally!”

The residents of the Rockaways welcome the bike sharing program but it’s bothersome to see how people destroy property that is meant to help. The bikes are thrown anywhere, and the residents want people to just respect the program.

“All it takes for too many issues with the bikes as far as stolen, broken, and not taking care of them and the company will grab their bikes and leave Far Rockaway dry again,” said Jalen.

The Rockaways embrace the program and look forward to the Lime Bike to expand more within the community.

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Who is Distinguish, and why is he important?

Rockaway Beach, NY –  We have focused on big-name stars and how they are an influence in our communities; but we need to start looking at the advocators within our community that are there to do for the people.  One gentleman Henry Gray is no mystery to the public. Henry Gray aka Distinguish, originally known for his poetic style that leads him to a place of a piece in the mind because he like most people was ready to give up on life.  He isn’t one for titles or wanting to be recognized with big accolades.  Henry just wants people to understand his worth and his purpose while he is continuously helping others.

Henry started using his poetic forum to invite other artists to speak out about life in poetry fashion.  He used a platform called Bars N the Barbershop, where the artists would perform in various barbershop locations.  This platform gives an opportunity for talents to be shared that otherwise might not have been noticed or was still trying to find a way to market themselves.  Henry expanded this platform to the United Kingdom and gave the performers there an opportunity to compete and perform against each other. When they reached a certain level and had high sales, they were flown to the United States to be a part of a show that is part of his network, under Disnetwork Inc.  This allows peoples voices to be heard and bring positivity to the youth and hip-hop community.  The show is actually going on the road because April 6 starts the beginning of the tour.

Henry is also behind the face of Dad Hats & BowTies.  The purpose of this platform is a podcast journey that speaks about social justice and media, movie reviews, new in fashion and some other hot topics.  This platform also engages with A, B, C list celebrities within the industry of music and business today.  Henry and his partner are looking to expand this network as well, that will allow intellectuals, hosts and creatives to be a part of the plan.

The Rockaways Are Getting An Upgrade

 

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Rockaway Beach, NY – Rockaway Beach is one of the many communities that make up Far Rockaway, NY.  Recently, the Mayor approved upgrades and structural renovations to improve the area.  After the beating, the Rockaways took after Sandy with drainage problems and flooding an upgrade was necessary.  Each community in Far Rockaway has its own phase.  Rockaway Beach is considered to be part of phase 3 which is called Sandy13.  This particular project started in 2018 and will be completed by June of 2020.  The New York City Department of Design and Construction and the Perfetto Contracting Co. Inc. are behind the work being done in the Rockaways.  The purpose of this project is to upgrade old and damaged drainage and sewer systems.  The cost of this project is worth $25 million.

Due to this project, people in the community have an understanding but it’s causing congestion with traffic, street closures, and rodents are appearing.

The community construction liaison, Erich DeSuza, keeps everyone within the community up to date on what is happening and the improvements that are taking place.

Some of the residents of Rockaway Beach had this to say;

“The construction is definitely inconvenient, but I do think it’s necessary in order to improve our roads,” says Tarin Donatien.

Not everyone has a positive message; a gentleman who did not want to disclose his name stated, “they are always ripping up the streets and they don’t fix it properly, I’m tired of the construction”!

And there are others that play the fence, like Logan Evans who stated: “for where I reside at that draining system was not in place, therefore this why we were flooded out”.

“So, I think it’s very necessary but yet at the same time it’s very inconvenient,” said Logan.

A mother on her way to work stated she is stuck in traffic for at least 10 minutes when they block the street off because of the big bulldozer truck that is moving.

Although some people are against the construction and congestion, others are happy that they are finally fixing the sewer system to protect them from flooding.

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