Hempstead Town Councilmember Anthony D’Esposito joined today with NYPD Officer Austin Glickman, President and Founder of Law Enforcement Officers Weekend (LEO Weekend), to announce the upcoming “Grand Slam for Heroes” Softball Tournament presented by the Men’s NYPD Softball Team and Law Enforcement Officers Weekend. The tournament is being held in honor of NYPD Detectives Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora who were killed this year in the line of duty, and raises money for their families, as well as for LEO Weekend. Also attending were Senior Councilmember Dorothy Goosby, Councilmember Dennis Dunne, Sr., Councilmember Tom Muscarella, Councilmember Chris Carini, Councilmember Missy Miller, Town Clerk Kate Murray and Receiver of Taxes Jeanine Driscoll, as well as Phil Alvarez, brother of Det. Lou Alvarez who passed away from a 9/11-related cancer after gaining national recognition for speaking to Congress about the struggles of 9/11 first responders.
“The Town of Hempstead is proud to stand together with our first responders and their families to support Law Enforcement Officers Weekend and its efforts to assist law enforcement families affected by serious injury or line of duty death,” stated Supervisor Clavin. “Our men and women in blue put their lives on the line to protect our community, and we encourage all residents to come out and support them during this great Softball Tournament this Saturday.”
“It is an honor to host Law Enforcement Officers Weekend’s first Softball Tournament right here at Hempstead Town’s beautiful Baldwin Park for a fundraiser that supports law enforcement families,” added Councilman D’Esposito. “As a former detective in the NYPD, I know the many hardships faced by law enforcement families, and I encourage Town of Hempstead residents to attend this event in appreciation for everything that our men and women in uniform do to keep our communities safe.”
The tournament is being held on Saturday, April 23 at 9:30 a.m. at Baldwin Park, located at 3232 Grand Avenue, Baldwin. Admission is free and open to the public. The event will feature an exhibition game with the NYPD Softball Team and the UK Royal Air Force and twelve local law enforcement teams will be participating in the event, including the Nassau County Police Department. In addition, the event will feature food, raffles, live music, family friendly entertainment such as a rock wall, pipes and drums, vintage cars and police demonstrations. Proceeds from the tournament will support bringing both the Rivera and Mora families to Law Enforcement Officers Weekend’s event in Miami held in October. In additional, proceeds will support other events such as LEO’s Fourth Annual Lake George Weekend from June 16-19 and the Third Annual Long Beach Weekend from July 28-31.
“Since 2017, we’ve had the honor and privilege of working alongside the greatest families and police departments in the world, the NYPD. Their fraternal organizations, benevolent associations and sports teams show the utmost professionalism when it comes to charitable work, especially when it’s for one of their own,” remarked Austin Glickman, NYPD Officer and President of Law Enforcement Officers Weekend. “The ‘Grand Slam for Heroes’ softball tournament is going to raise funding to help assist the families of Detectives Rivera and Mora, two of our heroes we lost back in January. We couldn’t be any prouder to partake in such a notable cause and we are grateful to Supervisor Don Clavin, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and the Town of Hempstead for their continued support for all of our charitable endeavors.”