Long Branch: Auggie De Vito is being honored with the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Community Service. The lifelong city resident will receive the award in a ceremony to be held in Newark on June 9, 2014.
DeVito is well known for his running the Holy Trinity All Stars Basketball Camp. The camp has just completed its 38th year. It has served the well-being of the young and older players. The camp welcomes men and women disadvantaged by physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Head Coach DeVito started in 1975 to provide athletic programs for special needs children, including his then 9 year old son Chris. Auggie and his wife Marie still live in Long Branch.
There were 5 athletes at first and now as many as 80 come each week from November to April for his basketball camp. Players are from all over the shore area.
The camp offers exercise, entertainment and socializing opportunity for its participants. Closing the 38th year was their annual awards dinner, held on Saturday, April 26.