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New York State Public News Announcement
High School Athletic Association For Immediate Release
June 16, 2017
Chris Watson, Dir. of Communications
Phone: 518-690-0771 Ext. 19
Education Through Interscholastic Athletics firstname.lastname@example.org
NYSPHSAA Announces Akron High School
as 2017 Community Service Challenge Champion
LATHAM, NY- The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) is proud to announce Akron High School (Section 6) as the 2017 winner of the Community Service Challenge. Akron was chosen as the winning school by the NYSPHSAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which is comprised of two current student-athletes from each of the eleven sections and three student leaders.
Established in the Fall of 2010, the program encourages students to get involved in their local community and beyond. Students and schools determined and executed a project, then submitted the project to their Section and the NYSPHSAA office. The submission included a description, the participants, implementation plan, and project goals then finished with a reflection of their work.
The Akron varsity softball team created a project called Just DOnate It! In 2016, the project began with the team collecting 7,500 pounds of used softball equipment. Next, the students submitted an application to the Denton Program of the United States Air Force requesting the equipment be shipped to Bani, Dominican Republic. Akron student-athletes traveled to Bani in January of 2017 to distribute the equipment, teach the game of softball, and develop a plan to build a league in the community.
"Just DOnate It! was a simple idea, and the players, our school, community businesses, the US Air Force and all of Western New York worked like a team and made it happen,” said Marlene Stone, Akron softball coach. “The hard work and persistence of these student-athletes will have a tangible impact in our Dominican sister city for years.”
Over the course of their three day visit in January, the team met with over 60 players and coaches to teach softball skills and run a four team tournament. Return trips are planned for 2018 and 2019 with the goals of providing athletic footwear, First Aid kits with AED’s, and training the players and coaches in First Aid, CPR and Concussion prevention. They also hope to purchase and install a water filtration system and begin planting breadfruit trees, which can feed a family of four for fifty years.
“We are so proud of Coach Stone and our Varsity Softball team,” said Akron Athletic Director, Stephen Dimitroff. “They truly exemplify what we preach to not only our teams, but to the entire student body. They have set the standard for service and raised the bar for all others to achieve.” Dimitroff added, “As an Athletic Director, I am grateful, as well as humbled, to witness through this project, a unique opportunity for our kids to make a difference in the lives of people in a disadvantaged part of our world, and having the opportunity to see it through by traveling there to meet, teach and learn from the friends they made in Bani.”
Members of the Akron softball team were grateful to be involved in a project like Just DOnate It! "Collecting and donating all of the equipment and supplies was an amazing experience because I realized how giving many people are,” said Sydney Leeds, Akron Senior. “It was also amazing to give to the people in the Dominican Republic and see their faces when they received it. I definitely plan to do more projects like this in the future."
Bailie Murty, Akron alumna, echoed Leeds enthusiasm and said, “It was an amazing experience helping build and create a project like Just DOnate it. There is nothing that compares to the feeling you have when you realize that you have the power to change someone else's life for the better.”
“I am certain that our student-athletes have likely benefitted the most from their involvement in this experience,” John Jablosnki, Akron Athletic Coordinator said. “The team's efforts, as well as the support of many local organizations, made the project a success and is reason for our Akron school and community to be very proud.”
Six sections throughout the state submitted their winners for consideration of the State Champion award. Akron High School will be presented an award and recognized for their accomplishments at the NYSPHSAA Recognition Luncheon on July 25th in Clayton, NY.
Previous Community Service Challenge State Champions-
2016 – Mahopac High School (Section 1)
2015 – Kings Park High School (Section 11)
2014 – Arlington High school (Section 1)
2013 – Columbia High School (Section 2)
2012 – Ossining High School (Section 1)
2011 – Adirondack Central School (Section 3)
About NYSPHSAA (Twitter: @NYSPHSAA | Facebook: NYSPHSAA | YouTube: NYSPHSAASports):
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association Inc. is a non-profit, voluntary, educational service organization composed of public, parochial, and private schools dedicated to providing equitable and safe competition for the students of its member schools. The organization conducts 32 championship events and governs the rules and regulations of high school athletics in New York State. Membership is open to secondary schools providing interschool athletic activities for boys and girls in grades 7-12.
ACS Summer Athletic Conditioning Program
Start Date: MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017
End Date: THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 2017
MONDAYS & TUESDAYS: 6:30 AM to 8:00 AM
WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS: 4:30 PM – 6:00PM
Weight room conditioning ONLY
JV and Varsity Athletes IN ALL SPORTS are invited to attend!
AKRON CENTRAL SCHOOL
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –
WALL OF FAME COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES 2017 INDUCTEES
AKRON, NEW YORK (June 1, 2017) – The Akron Central School District Athletic Wall of Fame committee is pleased to announce the 2017 inductees. Three individual athletes and one team will be honored at a ceremony to be held during the school’s homecoming festivities scheduled for Friday, October 6, 2017.
The 2007 Boys’ Soccer Team will join an elite group of ACS teams who are on the Wall of Fame. The team was Niagara-Orleans champions, Section VI Class B Champs, Class B Far West Regional Champions for the first time in school history, before heading to the NYSPHSAA’s Final Four State Championship in Canton, New York. Their 21 – 2 record was the most wins in school history and the 127 goals scored that season was the most recorded in Section VI history.
Individual inductees include: Joseph Alexander, Class of 1976, who was a three-sport Tiger athlete in football, basketball and baseball where he was captain of the team that became league champions; Colleen Forrestel, Class of 1977, a standout in gymnastics and as a diver on the boys swim team, competing in sectional and the State intersectional championships for gymnastics and winning N-O All-League and second place at sectionals for diving; and Jacqueline Barbookles, Class of 1998, who was a member of the Section VI Champion Cross Country team that earned third place at the NYS Championships, a member of two school record swim relays, Niagara-Orleans discus and shot put champion, school record-holder, Section VI champion and second place winner at the NYSPHSAA State Championships for discus. A more detailed description of their athletic accomplishments will be published in the fall as a feature of the Homecoming festivities.
A listing of all current Wall of Fame members is available at www.akronschools.org/athletics. For more information about the Wall of Fame, please contact Mr. Justin Gerstung, Wall of Fame Chairman, at 542-5040 ext. 6126 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
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Senior Leah Czechowski broke the Akron girls school record for the long jump during the April 25th meet against Roy-Hart then broke her own record again at the N-O League Championships with a jump of 16' 5.5". Junior Robbie PeQueen broke the Akron boys long jump record the N-O Championships, too, with a leap of 20' 3.5"! Congratulations!
Margo Henley, Leah Czechowski, Mackenzie O'Brien and Jenna Robnett broke the Akron school record in the Sprint Medley Relay with at time of 4:30.4 during the Depew Relays held April 29, 2017. The time beats the previous record of 4:32.0 set in 2013. CONGRATULATIONS!
Hailey Hall, Kara Seguin, Leah Czechowski and Hannah Cummings broke the ACS school record in the Shuttle Hurdle Relay with a time of 1:09.9 to smash the previous record of 1:15.3. The race was held at the Hamburg Relays on May 5, 2017. CONGRATULATIONS!
Former ACS teacher and coach, Mr. Jerry Drayer (left), was inducted into the Western New York Wrestling Coaches' Association Hall of Fame during a ceremony held Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant in Blasdell, New York. Drayer is a retired 7th grade Social Studies teacher and three-sport coach. He's pictured with other inductees including Matt Mazgai (Southwestern-Wrestler), Pete Roetzer (Maryvale-Wrestler/Contributor), and Kenny Betts (Fredonia-Wrestler). Congratulations!
|The Akron CSD weight room has been upgraded to a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning Fitness Center. The upgrades will now meet the needs of competitive athletes and recreational users alike. The upgrades include a multitude of equipment items from multiple power rack systems to rowing machines.|