On Sunday, Sept. 18, from 3 to 5 p.m., The Park at East Hills will host the annual Go Long For Luke flag football event.
This is a great day of kids playing flag football and raising awareness for autism. There will be entertainment by The Echo Agency along with Riley Gems, raffles, food, face painting, carnival games, Julie Shapiro Photography and more. The event will also be honoring the young adults with special needs at Spectrum Designs for all of their hard work and dedication to Go Long For Luke.
The event started in 2013 and has grown to be an annual phenomenon, with The Park At East Hills football field packed with young ballplayers while the adults enjoy the music, food and conversation.
In 2013, Cole Faller, Jesse Faller and Sophie Greenfield created the event to support autism. Cole was inspired by his best friend, Luke Greenfield, who is autistic. Along with their parents, these innovative Roslyn youth have created a truly memorable and remarkable fundraiser meant to send out a heartfelt message to their friend, Luke. And, they have also developed a strong bond extending their friendship to the rallying of the Roslyn community in support of autism, which, in turn, has responded in their usual fashion of charitable giving. As always, The Roslyn News enjoys publishing the tribute to Luke from his friend, Cole Faller.
“Luke has autism. It’s okay. Autism is just a different way of thinking. It’s fun to play with him because he is so fast. All the time he runs everywhere. I love to chase him. Luke has a sister named Sophie and parents just like me. He has many friends also. Some kids with autism hear, see, smell and taste differently than other people. He covers his ears if someone screams. To Luke, it sounds about 10 times louder. He cannot communicate that well, so he does it through an iPad. He has a schedule too. Luke understands some things differently. That’s my buddy Luke.”
The park is at 209 Harbor Hill Rd.