South Queens elected officials joined families and players at the annual American Softball All-Star Game in Ozone Park on July 16 to help honor two outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to their community.
State Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato worked with community activist Sherry Algredo to celebrate Randy Novick, founder of the American Softball League, and coach Tina Roseman, who have been helping adults with developmental disabilities and giving them the wonderful chance to play softball.
Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr., Councilwoman Joann Ariola, NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue, Queens Park Commissioner Mike Dockett and Queens Deputy Borough President Ebony Young, were also in attendance at the event.
Novick and Roseman were presented with citations and certificates from the elected officials and government agencies to celebrate 11 incredible seasons.
“We live every day to make the league thrive and to advocate for these extraordinary people with disabilities,” Novick said. “Tina and I are so very fortunate to have a team of wonderful volunteers who devote their Saturdays from May to the end of August to help us each week.”
American Softball, a nonprofit and staple in Ozone Park and Howard Beach, provides a softball league where adults with developmental disabilities are able to come together and play softball every weekend in the summer months at Vito Locascio Field, located at 149th Avenue and Crossbay Boulevard.
The league — which serves both men and women — is widely successful and has given those with disabilities the ability to play a fun game, make friends and see how much the community supports them.
Amato has personally been invested in the group’s success and has been an active supporter. She is often seen throwing out the first pitch at games.
“These two are heroes who truly embody the best of community services. They present a clear and selfless level of dedication to the players, their families and all of us — showing that no matter what life may throw at you, there are people who will support you,” Amato said.
Addabbo called Novick and Roseman “pillars of the community,” who have been giving kids the chance to learn the sport while also growing as people off the field.
“It was an honor to present Randy and Tina with a citation to recognize their hard work and dedication to the community,” Addabbo said.
Donoghue said she was pleased to celebrate two great community leaders, “Tina and Randy, for their wonderful work over the years organizing this critical program.”
Ariola applauded Novick and Roseman on their dedication to this endeavor.
“Under them, the league has grown so much and helped so many people, and we are very proud to be a part of the American Softball family,” Ariola said.
Algredo said she is pleased to know that such an organization exists for young adults, like her son who has a disability.
“Randy and Tina toil through heat, cold and even rain. My support for this one-of-a-kind organization will remain steadfast. I salute the people with disabilities that come to take advantage of this great seasonal program,” Algredo said.