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Westbury Wolverines Attend Sports Safety Program

On April 29, some Westbury Wolverines football players, cheerleaders and PAL track runners shared in a special sports safety program. Offered free of charged by the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System and the Nassau County Safe Kids Coalition and held at Nassau BOCES Elementary School in North Bellmore. Wolverines Coaches Melissa and Andrew Stewart and Coach Beryl Hall also attended.

Many of the Wolverines, who are involved in PAL activities such as track, basketball, tennis and soccer, participated in “Gearing Up for Sports Safety” program thanks to Darlene Capobianco of the Carle Place/Westbury PAL Unit; Capobianco has been wonderful in providing the Westbury community with access to equipment and facilitating the Westbury community with a revived spirit through sports and recreation. Thanks Darlene.

 “Gearing Up” is a hands-on educational program that trains the kids in conditioning warm ups and cool downs (stretching); nutrition (food and water intake); bike safety; and head injury prevention.  Along with these topics covered through the safety training, kids and parents got to meet Derrick Adkins, 1996 Gold Medal Olympian. Adkins, who won the 400-meter hurdle in Atlanta, Adkins gave an eloquent though short lecture on perseverance, will and dedication to sports while maintaining at least a B average.  

The lessons learned by those who attended included be safe, be best at your game and be smart!