Bright blue skies and sunshine were the backdrop to the Locust Valley Central School District’s Falcon Fest on April 30. The anticipated event which connects Locust Valley High School’s varsity athletes with local youth athletic organizations, kicked off with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to rededicate the new Fred Smith turf field.
Varsity and youth athletic teams, Locust Valley High School Principal Patrick DiClemente, coaches and community members gathered on the field where Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Dr. Danielle Turner opened the morning ceremony. Youth lacrosse players Alice McLellan and Sissy Morris led the Pledge of Allegiance, which was followed by congratulatory remarks by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth E. Graham.
“This is a great day and I look forward to seeing our athletes get better, compete, learn and grow through everything that we are doing here,” said Dr. Graham. “Thank you to the whole community.”
Board of Education President Brian Nolan also expressed his gratitude to the community, district administration, board of education and all the architects and engineers for making the new turf field a reality for Locust Valley’s current and future Falcons.
“Locust Valley is a special place where we support the remarkable talents of our many student athletes,” he said. “We are hopeful that this turf athletic field will provide a small contribution to their success, growth and development and we are hopeful that each and every student who uses this field will always achieve their greatest potential.”
Together, Dr. Graham, Dr. Turner and Mr. Nolan, along with Board Vice-President Margaret Marchand and trustee Lauren Themis, cut the celebratory ribbon to the sound of applause.
Following the ceremony, the varsity athletes, along with their coaches, went to their stations with their respective group of young athletes. The varsity athletes practiced drills with the future Falcons in the areas of baseball/softball, lacrosse and track.
The new turf field was able to be fully utilized as community members watched the athletes work together, bond and practice their skills. It was a great day to be a Falcon.
Date Added: 5/4/2022