One of Rochester's oldest and most unique neighborhoods celebrates its 37th Annual Summer Arts Festival this weekend on August 2nd and 3rd! This year features over 300 artists, vendors, and exhibitors from 21 states and Canada. More than 60 musical entertainment groups will be performing live on a variety of stages, including gospel, Caribbean, jazz, R&B, and acoustic groups. The Rochester Museum and Science Center offers supervised, interactive and educational kids' activities on the Museum's campus, and the YMCA will also be hosting some games for the whole family. The RazorSharks will be there all weekend with games and giveaways as well!
For a full schedule of the weekend and more details on the event, visit the Park Ave official website here. We look forward to seeing you there!
RazorSharks Hire Tammy Allen-Agnello as LadyShark Coach
The Rochester RazorSharks are pleased to announce the hiring of Tammy Allen-Agnello, the new coach of the LadySharks!
Allen-Agnello has been teaching others how to dance for 30 years, beginning at age 15 as an assistant instructor at Rochester's own Performance Plus Dance Productions and Little Red Dancing School. Now, she is entering her 24th year of developing young dancers as the proud studio owner of the Tammy Allen Dance Academy in Victor, NY. Allen-Agnello continues to broaden her dance skills by training with Tom RaLabate at the award-winning Kip-Tom Dance Studio in Buffalo.
Many of Allen-Agnello's students have gone on to excel in the world of dance, winning top awards in various regional dance competitions. Her students have also allowed her to collect six "Top Teacher" awards given at the Star Systems dance competition, including a dominating stretch of four in a row since 2010. She now looks forward to the new challenge of getting the LadySharks ready for the upcoming season.
"I came to the RazorSharks because of the winning tradition established by the organization," says Allen-Agnello, "I look forward to upholding that tradition."
Coach Spon to Show Off Cow-Milking Skills at Monroe County Fair
Coach Robert Spon has accomplished many things during his time in the sports industry. After spending six years as a scout for the Cleveland Cavaliers, he has gone on to have a successful coaching career, most recently winning the PBL's Coach of the Year Award in 2012.
One thing that's missing off his list of accomplishments, however, is the Monroe County Fair's Cow-Milking Contest Winner. Coach Spon looks to rectify that on Sunday, when he's set to participate in the contest at 3:30pm at North Hampton Park.
If you want to witness Coach take on the local competition at this year's Cow Milking Contest, or see Ayodele Coker as a judge for the animal show, come out and join us at the Monroe County Fair! Festivities include live music, exhibits, farmer's markets, petting zoos, and a fun zone for the kids! The Fair runs from June 31st to August 3rd, and the RazorSharks will be there for every minute of the action! For more information about the event, visit the Monroe County Fair website.
Finley and IBERO Celebrate 19th Annual Safe Summer Festival
We'd like to extend a special thanks to the IBERO American Action League Inc. for hosting the 19th Annual Safe Summer Festival in Seneca Park on Friday. The local youth were able to connect and celebrate together, with various activities and games available throughout the day (including some time to shoot hoops with Finley). Kids also had the opportunity to speak with Mike Barry, the executive director of the Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau, about ideas they had to help develop the local community.
A wonderful event put on by those at IBERO, we look forward to being a part of the festivities next year. For more information about the event, contact James Smith at
RazorSharks to Support 19th Annual Safe Summer Event
On Friday July 25th, The Rochester RazorSharks and the IBERO American Action League aim to generate cancer awareness in the community with the 19th Annual Safe Summer Event! The event will be held in the Wegman Lounge at Seneca Park from 11am-4pm.
This is a great opportunity to support the community and meet local officials. For more information, contact event coordinator James Smith at
IBERO began its work within the community in 1968. IBERO has since grown into an agency that employs over 270 people and currently has 22 sites. IBERO currently provides services in the areas of developmental disabilities, education, children, youth, healthcare, housing, families, senior services and entrepreneurship programs.
Finley hits the Jungle for Seneca Park Zoo Annual 5K
The Razorsharks and Finley would like to thank Seneca Park Zoo for putting on the historic Jungle Jog 5K, Seneca Park Mile, and Kid`s Fun Run with great success once again! The Seneca Park Zoo`s first Jungle Jog was held in 1990 and every year since it has grown; raising thousands of dollars to help make the Zoo a staple of the Rochester community.
Despite the rain their was a tremendous outpouring of support from the participants, which is what makes this event a continued success. We hope to join the Jungle Jog next year and participate in the type of event that helps showcase Rochester`s longstanding fundraising ability for great causes!
RazorSharks Help Relay For Life Raise Over $22,000
The Rochester RazorSharks would like to thank everybody who supported Relay for Life through their donations and participation in the event! Thanks to your contributions, and to those who walked throughout the night, we helped raise over $22,000 to provide relief for those struggling with cancer.
Donations can still be made at our donations page though August 31st, so it's not too late for those who want to help. Contact Cara Benjamin by phone at 585-232-9190 or by email at
with any questions.
Robert Spon Coaches Local Kids at YMCA Basketball Camp
RazorSharks Head Coach Robert Spon and 2014 PBL Champion Ayodele Coker are teaching local children the fundamentals of basketball at the YMCA Basketball Camp at both the Carlson Metrocenter YMCA downtown and EastSide YMCA in Penfield. The camp runs from July 21st - July 25th from 9 - 11 a.m. and 2 - 4 p.m. The children will engage in skill drills and mini-games throughout the week to learn the key skills to excel in basketball. Thank you to both YMCA locations for opening their gyms and families to this experience with the RazorSharks!