June Sports Calendar
by Jonathan Zeller, 05/26/2010
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New York City is an exciting destination for sports fans all year long. Below you'll find a list of standout events happening in and around the City throughout June. Visit our team schedules page for the complete lineup of New York's 10 major and minor league teams, including the New York Red Bulls, New York Mets, New York Yankees, New York Liberty, and the minor-league Brooklyn Cyclones and Staten Island Yankees, whose seasons begin this month.
Jana Hunsaker Memorial Wheelchair Tennis Tournament
June 10–13 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center; 9am
Top-flight wheelchair tennis players compete for $10,000 in prize money at the 10th-annual installment of this tournament, which is named for a tireless advocate of the sport. This year's event features not only the main competition but also a children's clinic and a demonstration for prospective wheelchair athletes of all ages. For more information, visit the Wheelchair Sports Federation's website.
Adidas Grand Prix
June 12 at Icahn Stadium; 3:30pm
International track-and-field superstars Allyson Felix, Bernard Lagat and a slew of other world and Olympic champions compete for glory and prize money on Randalls Island on June 12. It's a day of professional events ranging from the 100-meter dash to the pole vault to the steeplechase. Plus, some lucky youngsters will compete for the title of Fastest Kid in New York. For more information, visit the Diamond League website.
Mayor's Cup All-Star Baseball Game
June 18 at MCU Park; home run derby 5pm, first pitch 7pm
Some of the best baseball players from New York City's Public School Athletic League (PSAL) and Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) square off in Coney Island for the coveted Mayor's Cup (not to mention bragging rights). Arrive early and see some of the City's top talent swing for the fences during a home-run derby. Eight dollars from each ticket sold will support high school baseball in New York City.
WWE Raw/Smackdown "Supershow"
June 19 at Madison Square Garden; 7:30pm
While not strictly a sporting event, World Wrestling Entertainment wrestling is certainly one of America's most popular and enduring pastimes. The mixture of athleticism and theatricality has hooked generations of viewers, and on June 19 some of TV wrestling's biggest personalities clash at the "World's Most Famous Arena" in title matches and grudge matches. Competitors slated to appear include John Cena, the Big Show and even longtime superstar The Undertaker. For tickets and more information, visit Madison Square Garden's website.
Red Bull Air Race
June 19–20 at Liberty State Park; noon
Fifteen skilled pilots perform daring airborne maneuvers around tight turns and compete for speed as the Red Bull Air Race comes to New York for the first time. Get ready for a very memorable weekend. For more information, visit the Red Bull Air Race website.
Skyscraper Harlem Cycling Classic
June 20 at Marcus Garvey Park; children's registration is at 11am and the children's races start at noon; the amateur races start at 1pm; the pro race starts at 4pm
Every Father's Day since 1973, this race has encouraged bikers to speed around Marcus Garvey Park. Participants run the gamut from professionals who give their all for 40 miles to youngsters pedaling through their very first race on a much shorter course—it's a beloved tradition for New York sports fans, cyclists and the Harlem community. Register for amateur races on the day of the race. For more information, visit the Sparta Cycling website.
June 24 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden; 7pm
LeBron James, LeBron James, LeBron James—this may sum up the vast majority of NBA off-season coverage we're in store for as every team in the league, especially New York's own Knicks, hopes against hope to land the sport's biggest star. But you might just want to pay attention to the draft anyway, especially considering that the Cleveland Cavaliers did land King James himself with the first pick in 2003. This year, the Washington Wizards have the top choice, which many believe they'll use to select point guard John Wall. The New Jersey Nets (who plan a move to Brooklyn) pick third. For more information, visit the National Basketball Association website.