Friday, 16 April 2010 00:00
Athletics have had, and continue to have a significant influence on American culture and society and enjoy unique status in the American value system. The Manhasset Public Schools believe that participation on an interscholastic athletic team is a worthwhile experience, which all students should have the opportunity to pursue. It is this opportunity, along with the guidance of the athletic department headed by Carolyn Pagnano, director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, and the coaching staff, which helps students learn important life skills; grace, poise, respect, commitment, loyalty, decision making, teamwork and sportsmanship.
To date, 20 percent of the class of ’10 will be taking these lessons learned on our fields; on our gym floors; on our tracks; and in our swimming pools, on to the fields, courts, pools, tracks and nearby rivers of distinguished universities such as Brown, Princeton, UPENN, Yale, Stanford, Duke, Syracuse, Georgetown, NYU, Boston College, the University of North Carolina and many others.
With students continuing on to play lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, track, crew, baseball, basketball, wrestling and cross county, we have one of our most diversified “sports” class in many years.
Even before the April 15 college acceptance deadline, we already know that more then 40 students will be continuing with collegiate athletics, 15 of them at the NCAA Division I level. A number we certainly expect to grow, as many students submitted applications supported by athletic programs.
We share such a flattering statistic with you because we, the members of the Manhasset Athletic Advisory Committee (MACC), want to thank you, the parents, grandparents and caregivers, for all the support you give the students. Not just by cheering for them from the sidelines on cold and rainy days, shuffling them between practices or giving up family vacations so they can compete, but for continuing to support the teams financially through your backing of the school budget, which allows us to field nearly 90 competitive teams at and above the seventh-grade level.
More students participate in athletics in Manhasset than anything else. For most of them, it is center stage of their daily routine. At the secondary level, there is 60 percent participation in athletics, which doesn’t include students who compete in multiple sports.
With everything our students have to contend with in their crowded worlds you should all be proud to know that our 11 fall Varsity sports had 100 percent of the teams recognized as scholar-athletes (90 percent GPA or greater) and nine of our 10 winter teams were recognized as scholar-athletes. Truly amazing accomplishments, but not unbelievable. If you’ve ever spent time with our students, coaches and teachers, you would understand.
Again, the members of the MAAC, want to thank all of the Manhasset residents for their continued support of our athletic programs and projects.
The MAAC, which is appointed by the Manhasset Board of Education (board) and serves as a liaison between the community and the Board regarding the secondary school interscholastic athletic program of the Manhasset Union Free School District, would also like to wish the Class of ’10 the best of luck and success in all of their future endeavors, no matter where life may lead them.
Marie Horowitz, President and the entire MAAC Committee