ELMHURST, N.Y. -- The One-Wall Handball Players of the Awards Dinner will be held Saturday, February 25 at the Elks Lodge in Queens. Tickets for the event are $45/each in advance ($50 at the door). It is highly recommended that you purchase your seat in advance! Tables (10 seats) can be purchased for $405. Purchase tickets HERE.
National Champions Danielle Daskalakis, Sandy Ng, Timbo Gonzalez and Tyree Bastidas will be honored at the event, and the Arthur "Butterhup” Cussell Sportsmanship Award will be presented to Carlin Rosa and last year's winner Paul Lonergan. Dr. Raquel Barnes wrote a tribute sportsmanship in honor of this year's recipients.
A Coach for Character
by Dr. Raquel S. Barnes
Sportsmanship for me is when a guy walks off the court and you really can’t tell whether he won or lost, when he carries himself with pride either way.
- Jim Courier, Four-time Grand Slam Tennis Champion
Today's sporting culture, places great importance on the idea of winning and thus sportsmanship takes a back seat. However, in most if not all sports, athletes inspire, bring hope and whether they like it or not, they are viewed as role models. Sportsmanship can be defined by the spirit of fairness, respect and fellowship with other people in the competitive arena. The Arthur "Butterhup” Cussell Sportsmanship Award embodies this spirit, and this year Carlin Rosa and Paul Lonergan will be presented with the award.
Rosa, as a young teen was taught the game by his uncle. His natural athleticism served him well as he climbed the rankings of pro handball in the Open division. Rosa’s humble nature doesn’t go unnoticed once he steps on the courts throughout the Bronx and Brooklyn. It was on the courts that Rosa chose to emulate players like Albert Apuzzi, William Polanco and George Figueroa, who were renowned for their on-court decorum and fair play ethos. These mentors along with the strong influence of Rosa’s family instilled integrity and character.
2016 Winner Paul Lonergan: A Polished Champion
Paul Lonergan has long been a gentleman on and off the court. Teaming with Al Torres, in the 80s, they were always in the discussion to win a national title, finishing second for three consecutive years before Paul teamed with his brother Joe to win in 1991. Lonergan reached the semifinals in the singles in 1988. During this time and throughout his masters playing career today, Lonergan maintains a high level of sportsmanship and fairness which embodies the spirit of Arthur "Butterhup” Cussell Sportsmanship Award.