By Bushra Mollick
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will be adding a new kind of holiday to the Nassau calendar this year – a day commemorating the world-renowned feats of a local hometown celebrity.
Tomorrow, County Executive Mangano will join with Hempstead town Supervisor Kate Murray and New York State Senator Dean Skelos to officially recognize July 17th as Chris Weidman Day in Nassau County.
Weidman, a Baldwin native, will be honored at the nearby Coral House after having just been crowned UFC Middleweight Champion of the World. He beat world renowned MMA fighter Anderson Silva on his quest to the championship.
Although he has won a world title, Chris “The All American” Weidman’s roots still reside here on Long Island. He is a former New York State wrestler from Baldwin High School and a graduate of Nassau Community College and Hofstra University.
The UFC champion is not only a force within the rink, but a charitable force as well. Though their own home was destroyed by SuperStorm Sandy, he and his wife organized a private food and clothing drive to benefit others affected by the storm. Chris’ and his family moved in with his parents for four months.