Glen Cove eighth-graders were visited by the “cool kids” in gym class recently when the members of SALT (Student Athlete Leadership Team) stopped by to talk about the importance of sportsmanship and civility. SALT members are trained to do peer to peer training with the district’s middle school students to teach them how to be leaders, good friends and have good values, and the students always enjoy the visits.
SAFE, Inc. PRIDE Project Coalition partners with the SALT program, led by Denise Kiernan, director of health, physical education and athletics for the Glen Cove School District to help keep the program running.
“Being fair, respectful and being a better person, that’s what sportsmanship is,” said SALT President Sam DiPaola, who is also the class president. “Bringing sportsmanship into everyday life, well, that’s civility.”
The members of SALT are from every sport imaginable. They are recommended by varsity coaches based on their leadership skills and academics within their programs to become a part of the popular program. There are more than 35 students in SALT and all are leaders on their individual teams.
“We lead by example,” said DiPaola. “We are stepping out of our comfort zone when we speak to the kids, telling them our own stories, but in the end it works out well. They accept us.”
This is the third year that Kiernan has worked with the SALT program at Glen Cove High School.
“Student athletes fill out an application which are reviewed by me, the high school physical education teacher/coach Mr. Kopecky and Mrs. Zupa, the middle school physical education teacher/coach,” said Kiernan, adding that they all attend the training sessions with the students. “The experiences and messages that SALT members share are powerful and provide our students with an opportunity to learn from the leaders in the athletic program.”
SAFE was instrumental last year in purchasing the t-shirts designed and worn by the students during their training sessions at Molloy and Finley Middle School. This year, the message was “Lead by Example” and included the logo from SAFE as a sponsor.
“The topics the SALT athletes talk about are very important and will help prepare the middle school kids for when they get to high school,” said physical education teacher Angela Zupa. “This program helps alleviate the anxiety of going to high school.”
The members of SALT attend training sessions at Molloy College conducted in conjunction with Athletes Helping Athletes, to serve as role models within Glen Cove HS. There they work with professional athletes to create and deliver motivational messages to the students at Finley Middle School on drug and alcohol abuse prevention, sportsmanship, citizenship and the importance of academics.
Additionally, this year six members of SALT went to Hofstra in March for training, which was supported by SAFE, Inc. They attended a keynote address by Jimmy Conrad, Captain of the US Men’s National Soccer Team, who spoke about “Sports as a Social Metaphor for the Health and Well Being of Players Part I,” and then attended several workshops.
Kiernan said she led one of the workshops, Creating Team Leadership & Service Opportunities in Your School District, where, “I also had a very strong message about sportsmanship, and creating high school memories.”
There will be a meeting in the future to take what was learned at the workshops and incorporate it into next year’s SALT program.
Kiernan is proud of the student athletes.
“These student athletes have taken this program seriously,” said Kiernan. “SALT members take a pledge to encourage younger students to participate in athletics or other extracurricular activities, and to educate their peers in the areas of drug and alcohol abuse prevention, steroid use, good sportsmanship, and living by example. The SALT program has exceeded my expectations.”
The members of 2013-14 SALT are: Presidents: Mike Burrell and Sam Di Paola, both seniors; seniors Allie Cappiello, Maleesha Ebanks, Gillian Farnan, Elsie Goodman, Elizabeth Wilson, Jackie Hayduck, Caterina Ienopoli, Jo Jo Nicolich, Carlos Rivera, Erik Washington and Rashawn White; juniors Nicole Bedell, Brittany Brown, Catilin Brown, Andrew Gerin, Phil Grella, Selena Guastella, Gabrielle Heenan, Daniella Hugel, Kevin Shannon, Selena Nasary, Rosa Pangari, Sean Peet, Joe Reyes and Dylan Silas; and sophomores Grace
Blinkoff, Jonathan Capobianco, Alex Casale, Gaetano Famiglietti, Geofferey Field, Michael Hatala, Amanda Heavey, Brandon Leon and Kiara Vidal.
For further information on any SAFE, Inc. PRIDE Project Coalition and their initiatives contact Coalition Coordinator Aimee Abraham at 516-676-2008. SAFE Inc. is a not-for-profit tax-exempt substance abuse education and prevention agency located in Glen Cove.
Visit www.safeglencove.org and www.facebook.com/GlenCovePrideCoalition.
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00
A visit to the Village Wine Merchant in Sea Cliff is more of a learning experience than merely a shopping outing. The staff aims to help customers find exactly what they are looking for, and is happy to educate and eager to develop a relationship with customers to better serve them. The wine store on Sea Cliff Avenue just celebrated its one year anniversary, considered a significant landmark in Sea Cliff.
“It’s a tradition in Sea Cliff to not hold a ribbon cutting until a business has hit the one year mark,” said Mayor Bruce Kennedy. “Otherwise, we’d be holding them all the time...too many don’t make it. If you can make it a year, you can make it 30 years.”
Saturday, 13 September 2014 00:00
Known for her love of exotic cars, sophisticated leather fashions and a penchant for giving back, part-time Long Islander Joanne Del Prete-Rosten can often be seen driving around town in her Lamborghini LP550, which is decked out in the colors of her clothing company, Canto NYC. On Sunday, Sept. 14, those interested in getting a closer look at the car that has become somewhat of a local celebrity can see it on display with hundreds of exotic cars at the sixth annual Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerstock event, presented by Martino
Auto Concepts and benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute. Rain or shine, the event will take place in downtown Glen Cove from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to spectators. For those wanting to register a car, the fee is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
At the end of July, children from across Long Island traveled to Pierce Country Day Camp in Roslyn to make a big splash for disaster relief. Two events hosted by the American Red Cross gave young swimmers the opportunity to put their skills to the test, all while raising money to support their local Red Cross.
In late July, hundreds of children came out to the venerable Pierce County Day Camp to swim laps in support of the Red Cross. The children raised a collective amount of over $11,000.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
Glen Cove High School graduate and former All-County basketball star Garen Spendjian has proven that hard work and dedication to a sport you love can pay off.
The Armenian National Basketball Team player will soon begin his professional basketball career with the El Shams basketball team of Cairo, Egypt. The 6’5” Spendjian will play both the power forward and small forward positions for El Shams of the Egyptian Super League.