When the Little Silver Recreation Committee initiated a new lacrosse program five years ago, Gerry Deverin was one of the first volunteers to step up and help coach and organize the sport.
Now, following Deverin's death in March, the borough is repaying his dedication with an annual award.
At the August Little Silver Council meeting, the Gerry Deverin Spirit Award was presented to two outstanding lacrosse players who showed some of the same traits as Deverin.
Graduating from the program and moving on to high school are award recipients Aidan Lynch and Annabel Martin.
Over 60 friends and Deverin family members attended the presentation by lacrosse commissioners Dave Ballard and Kathleen Hoffman who reminded everyone of Gerry's commitment to youth sports as well as the contributions made by the recipients.
The Little Silver men's' softball teams will also honor Gerry by hosting their annual Softball One Pitch Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 21, starting at 1 p.m. at the borough's fields.
This is the 13th anniversary of the event which will benefit the Deverin Family. Gerry's wife, Lori, and children, Peter, Ryan and Kathleen will be there for the first pitch opening ceremony which is designed to honor Gerry and support his family.
Softball teams from surrounding towns will participate in the tournament along with six Little Silver teams.
Local DJ's, The East Side Princes, will performs and grilled chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, lemonade, and Ralph's Italian Ices will be served. Children's activities are planned and all are welcome to attend.
For more information contact Peter Roskowinski at firstname.lastname@example.org or DougGlassmacher@gmail.com.
Event sponsorships are available and donations can be made to The Deverin Family Trust, C/O of Sean G. Deverin ESQ., 160 White Road, Suite 204, Little Silver, NJ, 07739.