The annual American Continent Youth Championships head to New York this coming weekend with the monster tournament taking place at Eisenhower Park on Long Island.
With over 150 teams entered in competitions from under-8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and under-18 in both boys and girls, it promises to be an action packed weekend of GAA fun.
The teams will play in hurling, football and camogie on 10 different pitches at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. The event is held each year, with San Francisco, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia the other host cities in the last four years all sending teams to the tournament.
There will also be teams from Ireland and England partaking in the club competitions as well as at inter-county level with a three team competition in the under-18 boys, with North America, New York and London playing off for the title.
Former chairman of the GAA in Ireland, Joe McDonagh, who is also the present overseas officer, will be on hand for the four day festival. It begins on Thursday with games on Friday and Saturday before the finals take place in a host of age groups on Sunday. Directions to the fields can be found on the New York GAA website at ny-gaa.org.
"I invite everyone to Eisenhower Park to watch some very talented young athletes compete in these fast-paced games," said Nassau County Executive Mangano. "I am proud that Nassau County will be hosting these games for the first time and welcome visitors to all that we have to offer here."
Mangano said the Eisenhower Park weekend is expected to be the largest gathering for the CYC games since their inception in 2004.
An opening parade will take place on July 29 in Rockville Centre at 7 p.m.
Of course with a tournament of this size comes the organization of umpires, referees, and all associated help needed. The senior clubs in New York have been given their schedules for helping out at the various fields but volunteers are always welcome and greatly appreciated.
When you arrive at the park look for the officers on hand and they will point you in the correct direction. It promises too be a brilliant weekend.