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ARCHIVES : CAMPS & SPORTS : 2001

December 2001

Knicks Zone In On Education
by Tom Kertes
For this one, you had to be there.
Kurt Thomas, the New York Knicks 6-9 enforcer–a player famous for his take-no-prisoner tactics, a tough guy whose mere glare strikes panic in the hearts of most NBA opponents–lay down on the carpet. He did that so that a bunch of considerably closer-to-the-floor 10 and 11 year-olds could play with the hair on his head.
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November 2001

A Cyclone Over Brooklyn
by Tom Kertes
A scant few months back, when the Cyclones were not even born yet, everyone who’s anyone in (and outside of) baseball was already predicting a sorrowfully brief lifespan for Brooklyn’s novice baseball team. “Minor league baseball is nothing,” the theory went. “Especially after what the Dodgers did–leaving Brooklyn high and dry 44 years ago–Brooklyn deserves a major league team.”
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October 2001

To Play Or Not To Play, That Was The Question
by Tom Kertes
After the terrorist attacks on September 11th, all three active sports leagues took swift action, canceling their games. Their actions, at first glance, were clearly the only thing to do.
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September 2001

Croquet: A Gentle Lawn Game
by Tom Kertes
“There are only three resorts in the entire United States right now that teach croquet,” said Jerry Stark, who teaches this unique sport at the Meadowood Resort in California’s Napa Valley. “It’s a great sport but it has never achieved widespread popularity till this day.”
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Leading into The Future through Hoops
by Tom Kertes
The Hoops and Leaders Basketball Camp (HLBC), a unique program that’s only in its first season, brings together 32 boys from all over New York City—of age 14-16—and 32 professional men to get to know each other and to, hopefully, establish a mentoring relationship long into the future.
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August 2001

Gymnastics at Chelsea Piers Raises
The BarChelsea Piers Gymnastics is New York State’s largest, best-equipped and best-staffed gymnastics training center.
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Knight Commission Has No Chance
by TOM KERTES & M.C. COHEN
If you are, like many critics of college sports, sick of student-“athletes” rarely, if ever, attending class, you will be riled up about the Knight Commission’s recommendations for cleaning up college sports.

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July 2001

Leaving School for the NBA
by M.C. Cohen
Will this year’s NBA talent extravaganza be the Taj McDavid/Korleone Young draft, or the Kevin Garnett/Kobe Bryant draft? If you’re not sure, stay in school.
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June 2001

Title IX and America’s Schools
by Sybil Maimin
There is good news and bad news regarding the status of women’s sports in schools since passage of Title IX, the portion of the 1972 Education Amendments that prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funds.
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Waterproofing Kids at Asphalt Green
by M.C. Cohen
Led by the charismatic, triple gold-medal Olympic swimming champion, Rowdy Gaines, and the entertaining MC-ing of Bill Evans, an ABC News meteorologist, the Sixth Annual Big Swim was a “splashing” success.
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May 2001

Playing Catch and Beyond
by M.C. Cohen
Betsy, a bright seven-year old had been diagnosed with a learning disability by her school. Her disability not only affects her as a student, but also on the playground, as students who have trouble with reading and other academic subjects can also be clumsy.
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April 2001

Ruben Boumtje Boumtje: Big East Scholar-Athlete
of the Year

by M.C. Cohen
After a great regular season, Georgetown was not supposed to lose in the first round of the Big East Tournament. But a tough 58-40 loss to Seton Hall at Madison Square Garden abruptly ended their quest for the title.
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