13Jan

Dodgeball Returns to Tony Dapolito Recreation Center Post-Superstorm Sandy

By , January 13th, 2013 | Dodgeball, New York, Photo Essay, Sports | 0 Comments
Team Rock Bar players Dan Morrison, Rudy Villamar and Mie Nakane discussing strategy before throwing their balls against Team Henrietta Hudson’s in the Big Apple Dodgeball’s first week back since Superstorm Sandy on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 at the recently reopened Tony Dapolito Recreation Center in New York City. (Photo by: Tom Arana-Wolfe/Wolf In Pig’s Clothing)

Team Rock Bar players Dan Morrison, Rudy Villamar and Mie Nakane discussing strategy before throwing their balls against Team Henrietta Hudson’s in the Big Apple Dodgeball’s first week back since Superstorm Sandy on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 at the recently reopened Tony Dapolito Recreation Center in New York City. (Photo by: Tom Arana-Wolfe/Wolf In Pig’s Clothing)

 

Big Apple Dodgeball was halfway through their Fall 2012 season when Superstorm Sandy blasted through the Northeast United States on October 29, 2012 resulting in unprecedented wind and flood damage to the area. The New York City Parks and Recreation’s Tony Dapolito Recreation Center, which is located in Manhattan’s West Village, provides not only health and fitness services to local residence but is the host seasonal sports leagues like Big Apple Dodgeball. However, Sandy closed down hundreds of New York City recreational centers indefinitely, leaving seasons in limbo.

Big Apple Dodgeball waited in hope to salvage the rest of the season and tournament. Through continuous communication with NYCPR over the several weeks following Superstorm Sandy, eventually an alternative night and rec center location in Chelsea was worked out to start dodgeball back up in early January 2013. Then, just a little over a week before the year 2013 would be rung in, Big Apple Dodgeball was notified that the Tony Dapolito Recreation Center would be reopening in time for them return back home on January 7, 2013.

 

Brendan Curley and the remaining two Team Rock Bar dodgeball players synchronizing their assault on Team XES. (Photo by: Tom Arana-Wolfe/Wolf In Pig’s Clothing)

Brendan Curley and the remaining two Team Rock Bar dodgeball players synchronizing their assault on Team XES. (Photo by: Tom Arana-Wolfe/Wolf In Pig’s Clothing)

 

A line referee defends himself from a rogue dodgeball during a match between Team Rock Bar and Team XES. (Photo by: Tom Arana-Wolfe/Wolf In Pig’s Clothing)

A line referee defends himself from a rogue dodgeball during a match between Team Rock Bar and Team XES. (Photo by: Tom Arana-Wolfe/Wolf In Pig’s Clothing)

 

Team Rock Bar’s Brendan Curley evades a barrage of dodgeballs converging in on him during a match with Team XES. (Photo by: Tom Arana-Wolfe/Wolf In Pig’s Clothing)

Team Rock Bar’s Brendan Curley evades a barrage of dodgeballs converging in on him during a match with Team XES. (Photo by: Tom Arana-Wolfe/Wolf In Pig’s Clothing)

 

Big Apple Dodgeball’s Team Rock Bar preparing for their rallying cry after discussing strategy in-between games in their match against Team XES.  (Photo by: Tom Arana-Wolfe/Wolf In Pig’s Clothing)

Big Apple Dodgeball’s Team Rock Bar preparing for their rallying cry after discussing strategy in-between games in their match against Team XES. (Photo by: Tom Arana-Wolfe/Wolf In Pig’s Clothing)

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