A Tournament for Timmy


Beach volleyball, a tribute to a fallen hero and a chance to gather with friends and neighbors to enjoy a beautiful day. It all went down last Saturday, July 9 on Beach 120th Street for the first annual Timmy Klein Volleyball Tournament.

The crowds spread throughout Rockaway Park for a day of beach volleyball, a sport that late firefighter Timmy Klein loved. As soon as word spread about the tournament in memory of Timmy, spots filled almost immediately. After all, it was all for a good cause, to raise money in memory of Klein, a Rockaway firefighter who died on the job in Brooklyn earlier this year. The day was full of music, raffles, and some fierce, fun competition on the sand. The FDNY fireboat even made an appearance to put on a spectacular water show as the teams played and a banner plane flew up ahead with a special message for Timmy, “Free and Easy. Timmy, We Miss You.”

This event would not have been a success without the organizers, Timmy’s friends and cousins, and many volunteers. After the event, the organizers shared on Instagram, “Yesterday was an amazing day. Thank you to everyone who played, donated and joined us in honoring our hero, Timmy. It was a day many will never forget and that is because of all your overwhelming support! All the money raised will be donated to the FF Timothy Klein Foundation which will go back to those in need just as Tim would have wanted. Thank you all so much!”

They’re already planning next year’s competition. When Rockaway says they’ll never forget, they mean it. Saturday’s turnout showed Timmy Klein will never be forgotten.


Photos by Lexi Stathis, G Linares, Casey McDade and Jackie Banker.


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