For Stuy Town General Manager Rick Hayduk, the effort is also a family affair. Daughter Jordan (left) is the divsion’s co-chair and daughter Jamison (center) will be a player. (Photos by Sabina Mollot)
By Sabina Mollot
With baseball season about to begin, the Peter Stuyvesant Little League will be debuting a new division for players with disabilities.
The Challenger Division is open to would-be players of any age up to 18 with any type of physical or intellectual disability, and was the idea of Stuyvesant Town General Manager Rick Hayduk.
One of Hayduk’s three daughters, 11-year-old Jamison, has Down Syndrome, and had participated in a Challenger Ball team where the family lived prior to moving to the community, in South Florida. However, there was no local division — until now.
Jeff Ourvan, president of the PSLL, explained that the reason such divisions exist (as opposed to just letting kids with disabilities play on any other team) is for their own safety.
“Some of the kids, I understand, have some fairly restrictive physical disabilities,” explained Ourvan. “Obviously we can’t have those kids playing against 11-year-olds who throw 50 miles per hour. So it’s mostly from a safety perspective.”
A homeless man from the 30th Street men’s shelter has been arrested for allegedly bashing a woman over the head with an unknown object multiple times in an attempt to get her bag.
Police say Darnell Williams, 29, was picked up at the shelter, known locally as Bellevue, on Thursday night, after being recognized by police from surveillance footage.
Cops said Williams has a lengthy criminal history and was released from prison two months ago after a five year stint for a robbery upstate.
He also has arrests for grand larceny in upstate areas as well as an arrest for criminal trespass in the city.
In the most recent incident, on February 26, the victim, a 37-year-old woman was walking along Second Avenue at 34th Street when a man approached her from behind and struck her on the head. He then pulled on her bag, knocking her down in the process. While the victim was still on the ground, her attacker continued to hit her in the head with the object before fleeing empty-handed. The woman was taken to NYU Hospital for treatment.
Police arrested 21-year-old Derrick Coley for mugging a woman on West 27th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues last Wednesday around 5 p.m. The victim told police that Coley pushed her to the ground and he allegedly grabbed her cell phone before fleeing.
The victim said that she had credit cards in her cell phone case and after the incident, she noticed that one of the cards had been used to make a purchase at McDonald’s and Coley was arrested soon after, allegedly in possession of the phone and cards.
Coley was charged with robbery, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.