Putnam Challenge

Brewster, N.Y. – 1/23/2014– Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, recently joined the Somers and Putnam Valley Varsity Basketball team’s at the 7th annual Putnam Challenge boys basketball tournament.

“It was a pleasure to attend the Putnam Challenge at Brewster High School. This is a wonderful event that brings together schools throughout the region to participate in a basketball tournament, all in the name of higher education,” said Senator Greg Ball. “I would like to thank Mark Farrell and Joe Padovano for their work every year organizing this event and I would also like to thank all the volunteers that always help make this event a huge success!”

“Our board takes great pleasure in hosting a day of Basketball, where officials, fans, coaches and players can have fun and raise money to help some kids families with the cost of college,” said Mark Farrell, Putnam Challenge Co-Chairman. “It is simply a good day all around for everyone!”

Twenty teams from throughout the Hudson Valley participated in the event. To date, The Putnam Challenge has awarded  thirteen $500 college scholarships to well deserving student athletes. All of the officials volunteer their time to not only officiate the games, but to do all the other tasks needed to make the day a success each year.

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About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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