The Clarkstown Central Athletic Foundation is opening up its second annual Clarkstown Cup to all elementary school students in Rockland County. The Saturday, April 20 fundraising event begins at 12 p.m. and runs till 9 p.m. with different activities for various age groups at two locations.
“The focus of this year's event is a field day competition for elementary school kids,” said Chris Stolarski, one of the foundation’s four founding members and its president. “Any kids that are interested can ask their Phys Ed teacher for a permission slip, or just come to the event Saturday, April 20th at Clarkstown High School North and complete a permission slip that day.”
As of Thursday, 90 children had registered and Stolarski said there is room for plenty more.
This year’s expanded program includes a cardboard boat regatta in the pool at the Felix Festa Middle School and raffles, including Rockland Boulders and NY Red Bulls tickets, autographed posters from NFL sports teams plus gift certificates for local restaurants and businesses.
The day’s activities begin with elementary school students participating in field events including a tug of war, relay races, team events and games at Clarkstown North High School.
The middle school division starts at 4 p.m. with pool events such as relay races and games at Felix Festa. The high school division, also at the Felix Festa pool, features a boat regatta at 5:30 p.m.
“We have approximately eight ‘pool worthy’ craft which will race in the pool at the Felix Festa Natatorium,” said Stolarski. “The race is an extension of the Science curriculum at the high school and a great way to show off the students’ hard work.”
Participants are asked to donate $15 to enter the events and receive a t-shirt, wristband and snack. Foundation members and volunteers from the school district will organize and supervise the students. The rain date for the Clarkstown Cup is Sunday, April 21.
At least two dozen volunteers are expected to help out along with members of the North and South high school national honor societies, the Assets Leadership Club and foundation.
The not for profit foundation raises money to supplement the district's athletic and wellness programs. The first field day program held last year raised about $6,000 for the purchase of elementary school playground equipment, girls’ field hockey equipment and provided funding for the crew team’s trip to a Saratoga Springs regatta. After this year's event, Stolarski said the foundation members will ask physical education teachers, coaches, intramural program leaders and parents for suggestions on how to use the money raised.
The board members of the Clarkstown Athletic Foundation board members are Stolarski; Joe Malgieri and Bob Carlucci, who are also Clarkstown School Board members; Anthony Dominick; Patti Zodda; Colleen Evangelista; Chris Serra, who is the district’s director of physical education and Jeff Sobel, Clarkstown, assistant superintendent for pupil services.