Joseph Farrell Memorial Game Raises Money for Scholarship Fund

Schools and Libraries

April 21, 2014

Students and staff at Long Beach Middle School raised more than $1,700 at the annual Joseph Farrell Memorial Student/Teacher Basketball Game. The sales of tickets, pizza and snacks were directed to a scholarship established to honor the memory of the beloved Long Beach teacher and community member Joseph Farrell, who passed away suddenly on July 5, 2007. Many members of Farrell's family were on hand to cheer on the players.

In a fast-moving competition, the eighth-grade boys and girls basketball teams faced off against the middle school faculty and staff. Between quarters, spectators were invited down to the court for Zumba dancing and a free-throw competition.

Mr. Farrell was a lifelong Long Beach resident who taught for 13 years in the Long Beach School District, first as an elementary teacher at Lido School and later as a sixth-grade social studies teacher at the middle school. As a teenager, Farrell worked as a Long Beach lifeguard, and at 20, he began coaching at the Long Beach Recreation Center, where he met his wife of 23 years, fellow coach Gail Henry. In 2004, he began coaching the girls swim team at Jericho High School, where he turned the last-place team into conference champions and was named Jericho Coach of the Year.

"This event, which is held for a great cause, marks the beginning of spring here at the middle school," said Vice Principal Keith Biesma. "Joe would have liked that."