AHA Trainer Needs Our Support
To our Student-Athlete Leadership Team family, we regret to inform you that our beloved trainer and former New York Nets star, Tim Bassett (above right) is battling cancer. At this time, we ask that you keep Tim in your thoughts and prayers. Also, Tim’s family has launched a Go Fund Me page to help defray his growing medical bills and related expenses. Please consider making a donation – no amount is too small. Thank you.
AHA Welcomes 2018-19 Newcomers
Beginning Friday, October 12 and continuing each Friday (with the exception of Oct. 19) up to and including November 2, Athletes Helping Athletes will host a series of conferences designed to welcome and train the newest members of its Student Athlete Leadership Team.
In all, more than 300 students from more than 30 high schools across Long Island and other parts of New York are expected to visit Molloy College in Rockville Centre over the next few weeks, where they will be greeted by and learn from AHA staff, guest speakers and program trainers.
During this first three and a half-hour session, the students will hear from former NY Giants running back, Billy Taylor; tennis players Kyle Copeland and Leslie Allen; and former European professional hockey player, Dan Bedard. These esteemed speakers will lead workshops designed to assist the student athlete leaders with their organizing and planning skills, as well as helping the students use their own personal stories of success and failure to craft motivational messages. These very personal messages will become the centerpiece of each high school student’s presentation to younger students in grades 5 and 6 during a series of planned visits throughout the school year.
The Athletes Helping Athletes’ Student Athlete Leadership Team enjoys the support of Molloy College and Nassau and Suffolk BOCES in helping train and encourage high school students to become role models and youth leaders in their own communities.
AHA Program Leaders Gather to Share Ideas and Plan for 2018-19 School Year
On Friday, September, 22, nearly 50 teachers, administrators and athletic directors gathered at Malloy College in Rockville Centre, NY on Long Island, as the Athletes Helping Athletes’ high school Student-Athlete Leadership program formally kicked off its 33rd year.
The seminar-like event was hosted by AHA Executive Director, Warren Breining, who was joined by program administrators from across Long Island as well as a newcomer to the program, Port Jervis (Orange County, NY) high school. During the two-hour session, each participating school was provided an opportunity to share with the others some of its best-practices as well as its students’ activities.
“I’d like to thank all those school administrators who took time away from their busy schedules to attend our kick-off session,” said Breining. “The energy, passion, enthusiasm and ongoing commitment to the program is very encouraging. Many of our attendees have been in the program for more than a decade, some for many more, and it was great to see those people share their best-practices with some of our newcomers. It’s very inspiring when you hear first-hand how much of an impact the high school students participating in the Student-Athlete Leadership program are having on the younger students.”
Based upon the open dialogue and the free-flowing exchange of ideas, 2018-19 is shaping up to Based upon the open dialogue and the free-flowing exchange of ideas, 2018-19 is shaping up to be one of the program’s most successful years. That success is measured, in large part, by the positive impact the high school student leaders are having on younger grades in their school districts. The hundreds of high school students participating in the AHA program are finding and creating unique ways to connect with their younger counterparts.
Many of the student leaders are committed to developing programs, activities and messages that focus on promoting inclusion, anti-bullying, in addition to positive decision-making and healthy lifestyle choices. A common theme during the session was the need to begin increasing the messaging to counter the unfortunate uptick in vaping, the use of an electronic cigarette to replace tobacco smoking.
There is plenty of work to be done as the program embarks on another year serving as a positive force in its communities, and AHA wishes all of its 2018-19 participants a successful campaign.
For information on how your school can join the program, please send an e-mail inquiry to Warren Breining, executive director, firstname.lastname@example.org.
AHA SCHOOL UPDATE
Connetquot Student Athlete Leaders Visit Special Needs Students
Several members of the Connetquot High School (Bohemia, NY) Student Athlete Leadership program wrapped up their 2017-18 academic year by visiting with a number of the school district’s special needs students. This enthusiastic and passionate group organized and participated in activities designed to promote healthy lifestyle choices, sportsmanship and civility with their young neighbors. The high school student athletes also discussed the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco with the 4th-8th grade students. Check out the slideshow below.
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.
WHO WE ARE
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.
For more information, please e-mail Warren Breining, AHA director, at email@example.com.