AHA hosts hundreds of high school student leaders at March training sessions
In mid-March, Athletes Helping Athletes hosted its third training session of the school-year for hundreds of high school student athlete leaders from across Long Island. The informational and interactive gatherings, hosted by ESPN Radio’s Larry Hardesty, were held on the campus of Malloy College in Rockville Centre, NY, over a five-day span during the college’s annual Spring Break. AHA training sessions play an important role in preparing the student leaders for their presentations with students in lower grades.
AHA SCHOOL UPDATE
Manhasset H.S. Student Athlete Leadership Team learning and teaching life lessons
Thanks to partial funding from the Manhasset Community Fund, the inaugural Student Athlete Leadership Team at Manhasset High School has been providing valuable lessons in the sixth grade classrooms of Munsey Park and Shelter Rock Schools. Thirty-three 10th and 11th graders, having been selected after a competitive application process, attended training in the Athletes Helping Athletes curriculum at Molloy College. Professional athletes and sports commentators teach the student-athletes ice-breaker activities and public speaking techniques that they combine with personal stories to show the importance of perseverance, appreciating individual strengths and skills, good sportsmanship, preventing bullying, and avoiding alcohol and drugs. One of the team advisors, Lauren Sadeh, can attest to the value of this mentoring experience, as she was a student-athlete leader herself at Commack High School. Ms. Sadeh teaches tenth grade Health and coaches Varsity Girls Basketball. Nick Armstrong, 8th grade Social Studies teacher and assistant coach of Varsity Boys Lacrosse, is the other advisor guiding the team. Student-athletes have enjoyed the admiration of their sixth grade audiences as well as their former teachers.
Together with Athletic Director Jim Amen and the other coaches they hope to empower students to resist alcohol and drugs and reach their full potential. Team members pledge, with the support of their parents, to remain substance-free. With the leadership of these student-athletes, we hope to change the favorability of underage drinking. Approval of underage drinking can lead to binge drinking, experimenting with other drugs, taking uncharacteristic risks, poor academic and athletic performance, and addiction. Applications for next year’s Student Athlete Leadership Team will be available to current ninth and tenth graders in the Athletic Department in April.
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AHA inspires leaders to address complex social issues by using the power and appeal of sport
Athletes Helping Athletes (AHA) has been designing and delivering educational programs for students, athletes, coaches, officials and administrators for 30 years to help families, schools and communities address complex social issues.
AHA’s innovative programs, including the Student Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) Program and the Sports Parenting Education Program (SPEP), emphasize the positive elements and innumerable life lessons of the sports experience.
Since 1984, more than 600,000 students, children, coaches and educators in the U.S. and Canada have benefited from AHA programs that promote positive life lessons and a healthy sports environment.
AHA is committed to highlighting the positive influence that sports can have on society.
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