New Recreation Coordinator Takes Reins at St. Francis Center

Steven La Marco Is a Longtime Local Lifeguard, EMT
Mar 13, 2019
Photo by: Ryan Morrill Steven LaMarco

St. Francis Community Center, in Brant Beach, plays host to a few of Long Beach Island’s most anticipated annual happenings, including Super Plunge Sunday and the 18 Mile Run. The facility has recently welcomed a new recreation coordinator – Steven La Marco – who is eager to be involved in these well-known local events.

“The position entails coordinating all of the activities offered here at St. Francis, ranging from swimming lessons and basketball camps to a plethora of different exercise classes,” La Marco explained. Then, there are all those beloved special events, like the Super Plunge, held on Super Bowl Sunday; the LBI Commemorative 18 Mile Run, held – for nearly 50 years now – each October; and the March Madness Foul Shooting Contest.

“I started working here after the Super Plunge went off but I was able to be here for the March Madness Contest and it looked like all those who came out had a great time!” La Marco said. “I am most excited for the 18 Mile Run. It’s a very tough event for the runners. So I have a lot of respect for the competitors who participate every year. It’s probably the biggest event that St. Francis is involved with, so I’m excited for the challenge.”

La Marco, a 2012 graduate of Stockton University, is no stranger to strenuous activity. As he noted, “I’ve been a lifeguard and lieutenant for the Ship Bottom Beach Patrol for over 10 years, and have been an instructor for the Lifeguard in Training program for five summers.”

Prior to taking the job at St. Francis, he was working as an emergency medical technician. He also spent a few years as a supervisor at Revel Casino in Atlantic City.

He pointed out, “I’ve lived in Beach Haven West year ’round since 2008, but I’ve always spent my summers in the area.” When he heard about the position opening at the community center – from people who thought he’d be a good fit – he jumped on the prospect.

“I’ve been to the center for my beach patrol’s swim test and I’ve played basketball at the open gym a few times, so I knew a bit about what was offered here. But I felt this was a good opportunity to get more involved with the community while utilizing the skills I’ve developed while working,” said La Marco.

“Currently I’m most focused on learning as much as I can about the day-to-day operations of the center. Once I’m all caught up to speed with how everything here operates, I’d like to look at the community’s interest and see if there are any events or classes that would be a welcome addition.

“I’ve met a lot of people so far, from fellow employees, volunteers and members, so I’m looking forward to getting to know them well. … So far, everyone here has been a great help! All of my new co-workers have been incredibly welcoming, and I’m excited to learn and grow in this role.”

La Marco added, “I think one of the best things about St. Francis is that there are so many programs here for all ages. I truly believe everyone in the family can find something they’re interested in.”

For more information about St. Francis Community Center, call at 609-494-8861 or visit stfranciscenterlbi.org. —J.K.-H.

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