Friday, 16 December 2011 00:00
Recently, Chaminade student-athlete Rocco Signore of Old Brookville conducted another speed and agility clinic as part of his ongoing commitment and dedication to the North Shore Boys & Girls Club in Glen Head. The clinic, which focused on proper running form and acceleration drills, featured 6-10 year-old players from the North Shore Soccer Club.
Formerly a star sprinter with North Shore Middle School, Signore, who was the school’s student president in 2008-2009, had a remarkable record of 43-0 in all track events for the Vikings. His track success continued into high school when he set Chaminade’s all-time freshman record in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.61 seconds. Last year, as a sophomore, he won the 55 meter CHSAA Championships and set a school record running anchor in the 4x100 at the 2011 Penn Relays. In addition, Signore, an honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society, was named JV track MVP and secured a top-10 and top 20 ranking in New York State among sophomores in the 55 and 100 meter events, respectively. His varsity winter track season is set to commence at the New York City Armory in Manhattan later this month.
“This was a very attentive and enthusiastic group that showed great improvement by the end of the clinic,” said Signore. “I was particularly pleased to see that most of the parents stayed for the entire session and hopefully came away with a better understanding of the importance of proper preparation and hydration so they can continue to educate their children.”
The series of clinics, which he titled, “Winners Run, Champions Sprint,” are designed solely by Signore and are part of his personal campaign with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to encourage kids to be active through Track & Field. He continues to raise funds to purchase more innovative equipment for his sessions, including resistance parachutes — which the kids particularly enjoyed – high-step hurdles and ground ladders. Shirts were provided to each participant along with medals for age-group winners as part of Signore’s fund-raising efforts.
“The series of clinics have been so successful and popular with the children that Rocco will be returning to conduct the sessions indoors throughout the winter,” said Susan P. Wisnewski, Executive Director, North Shore Boys & Girls Club Inc.