CPF Salutes Al Osman
11.09.12 | 1pm | 4 Comments | Sports

This November 11th on Veteran’s Day, City Parks Foundation would like to take a moment to thank our very own Al Osman for his service to our country and our organization.

Osman served in the United States Navy during World War

II, from 1943 to 1946, where he earned various medals for his service in the Pacific, and learned life lessons he passes on to his students today.

Osman was stationed on The

USS Houston, where during a battle in the Pacific, the ship was hit and the crew was ordered to “abandon ship.” About 500 sailors jumped into the ocean, where Osman told funny stories and tips passed on from his boot camp instructor in Illinois to pass the time. “If there are sharks in the Pacific Ocean, pick up two rocks and rub them together to make noise and scare off the sharks. Where do you find rocks in the middle of the ocean?” After being rescued at sea, Osman ended up serving out his occupation duty in the European Theater.

Al has been a golf instructor with CPF for the past twelve years. He teaches the basics of the sport each summer to hundreds of New York youth ages six to sixteen in parks throughout the city. He teaches the importance of confidence, patience, cooperation, and respect to all of the participants. He also stresses safety with his students, and like a sailor in the crow’s nest on a ship, he watches closely to see that there are no accidents and loose swinging of golf clubs. Each year when parents call to register for the golf program, they request Al as an instructor. He is loved and admired by the parents and the kids alike.

Today, Al Osman is 87 years young. He stays active by playing tennis every week and golfing frequently with his grandsons. Thank you Al Osman for your service to our country and your continued service and dedication to the next generation here in New York City.

Special thanks to Burt Rosen, Sports Coordinator at CPF. Burt is a longtime friend of Al and worked to honor him in this blog.Rich Text AreaToolbarBold (Ctrl / Alt + Shift + B)Italic (Ctrl / Alt + Shift + I)Strikethrough (Alt + Shift + D)Unordered list (Alt + Shift + U)Ordered list (Alt + Shift + O)Blockquote (Alt + Shift + Q)Align Left (Alt + Shift + L)Align Center (Alt + Shift + C)Align Right (Alt + Shift + R)Insert/edit link (Alt + Shift + A)Unlink (Alt + Shift + S)Insert More Tag (Alt + Shift + T)Toggle spellchecker (Alt + Shift + N)?
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This November 11th on Veteran’s Day, City Parks Foundation would like to take a moment to thank our very own Al Osman for his service to our country and our organization.
Osman served in the United States Navy during World War II, from 1943 to 1946, where he earned various medals for his service in the Pacific, and learned life lessons he passes on to his students today.

Osman was stationed on The USS Houston, where during a battle in the Pacific, the ship was hit and the crew was ordered to “abandon ship.” About 500 sailors jumped into the ocean, where Osman told funny stories and tips passed on from his boot camp instructor in Illinois to pass the time. “If there are sharks in the Pacific Ocean, pick up two rocks and rub them together to make noise and scare off the sharks. Where do you find rocks in the middle of the ocean?” After being rescued at sea, Osman ended up serving out his occupation duty in the European Theater.
Al has been a golf instructor with CPF for the past twelve years. He teaches the basics of the sport each summer to hundreds of New York youth ages six to sixteen in parks throughout the city. He teaches the importance of confidence, patience, cooperation, and respect to all of the participants. He also stresses safety with his students, and like a sailor in the crow’s nest on a ship, he watches closely to see that there are no accidents

and loose swinging of golf clubs. Each year when parents call to register for the golf program, they request Al as an instructor. He is loved and admired by the parents and the kids alike.

Today, Al Osman is 87 years young. He stays active by playing tennis every week and golfing frequently with his grandsons. Thank you Al Osman for your service to our country and your continued service and dedication to the next generation here in New York City.
Special thanks to Burt Rosen, Sports Coordinator at CPF. Burt is a longtime friend of Al and worked to honor him in this blog.
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  1. BURT ROSEN said on 11.9.2012

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE HONOR TO AL.

    i COULDN’T DESCRIBE HIM THE WAY YOU DID
    WITH ALL THE CLASS YOU HEAPED ON HIS
    CHARACTER.

  2. Ronni Osman said on 11.9.2012

    This article is about my dad. We are all so proud of him. He is the strength and backbone of our family. His children grandchildren and great grandchild love spending their time with him sharing and learning from his life experiences. We honor him on this Veterans Day and everyday.

  3. Jane Kirschner said on 11.9.2012

    Very proud of my Dad! All of his Grandkids enjoy the many stories he has shared. Thank you Burt and the City Parks Foundation for this beautiful honor!!!

  4. Bruce Kirschner said on 11.9.2012

    Great recognition for a wonderful person

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