Northwell provides scoreboard for Manhasset Valley field

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Players observe the National Anthem before the new scoreboard, donated by North Shore University Hospital to the Manhasset PAL. (Photo courtesy of Northwell Health)

The Manhasset Police Activity League and Town of North Hempstead unveiled a new, electronic scoreboard last week made possible by a donation from North Shore University Hospital, also in Manhasset

The dedication took place at Manhasset Valley Field – part of the Town of North Hempstead’s Manhasset Valley Park – during the PAL sixth-grade baseball semifinals on June 9. The hospital’s executive director, Jon Sendach, threw out the first pitch.

“North Shore University Hospital has an important bond with the Town of North Hempstead. We are deeply rooted in this community,” Sendach said. “We are the largest employer in Manhasset and many of our team live here, too. That’s why the hospital wanted to show our support for Manhasset PAL through the donation of this fantastic scoreboard at Manhasset Valley Park.”

Manhasset PAL Baseball and Softball currently has 450 boys and girls at eight grade levels participating across 30 intramural and 11 travel teams. While effects of the COVID-pandemic halted its spring baseball season in 2020, under the bright lights of the 18-foot digital scoreboard newly installed at Manhasset Valley Field, the playoffs roared on with fans in the stands.

“Manhasset Valley Field fills a critical role for the community as the center of youth baseball for the town,” said Brad Smith, president of Manhasset PAL Baseball. “Each year more than 450 kids play at the field with games every night from late March through early November. The community’s investment in making this program the largest of its kind in Nassau County is only accomplished through our partnership with the Town of North Hempstead and the community at large. North Shore University Hospital’s donation helps us to make the program even stronger.”

The scoreboard was purchased through a gift from North Shore University Hospital to the Manhasset PAL, which in turn donated it to the Town of North Hempstead.

“We are so thankful to North Shore University Hospital for their partnership with the town and for their generous donation of this state-of-the-art scoreboard,” said North Hempstead Council member Veronica Lurvey. “It will be a great addition to games played by Manhasset PAL teams as well as everyone who plays at our wonderful field in Manhasset Valley Park.”

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