Number of Participants: 24
Hours Donated: 1
Value of Time Served: $203
Event Type: Schools
Date: September 28, 2021
Northport High School
Laurel Hill Road, Northport
The Northport High School baseball field was renamed in honor of legendary coach and educator John “DeMar” DeMartini. The field dedication had dozens of current and former students, their families, and district staff and administration in attendance to celebrate.
DeMartini, who has been with the district for seven decades, received tremendous praise from his colleagues and students alike. Many of those who spoke noted not only his coaching abilities but his caring and committed nature. When addressing the audience, Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Mark Dantuono said “He truly loves what he does. I can’t think of a better person to have this unbelieveable honor bestowed upon.”
Fellow baseball coach Sean Lynch added “He’s an amazing person. He’s given his heart and soul to this school district, and to the baseball program in particular.” Coach Richard Castellano and Coach Jim DeRosa each elaborated on how deeply DeMartini cares for his students, and that while the field dedication and scoreboard sign may be new, the field has always belonged to DeMartini.
DeMartini went on to address the crowd and thank his peers for the recognition, sharing his longtime coaching and teaching mantra: “Kids don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” His speech ended with a standing ovation.
Photo caption 1: (From Left to Right) Coaches Richard Castellano, Jim DeRosa, John DeMartini and Sean Lynch.
Photo caption 2: Northport High School marching band and flag line perform in front of the new “John DeMartini Baseball Field” scoreboard.
Photo caption 3: Coach DeMartini addresses the crowd during the field dedication ceremony.
Photos courtesy of the Northport-East Northport Union Free School District