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Steer for Student Athletes, a nonprofit organization based in Rye, is committed to provide funding and services for identified student athletes to achieve better personal development and educational outcomes through athletic participation. On May 17 from 6:30-9:30, Steer will host its Third Annual Spring Graduation Banquet at Lake Isle Country Club in Eastchester.

The evening is primarily dedicated to commemorating the graduates of the Steer program, which includes three student athletes, all of whom will be attending four-year colleges or universities in the fall. The event will also feature the unveiling of a new collaborative partnership with Laureus USA.

Laureus, a global sport-based nonprofit organization founded by Nelson Mandela, works to improve the lives of young people. At the 2000 inaugural Laureus World Sports Awards, Mandela said, “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Sport can awaken hope where there was previously only despair.”

Regarding the new partnership, Michael Eck, Steer for Student Athletes co-founder and CEO states, “We are honored to be working with Laureus USA to build a New York-centric coalition around the national Sport for Good initiative. Laureus is the largest and most impactful Sport for Good organization in the world and our partnership further demonstrates the power and effectiveness of the Steer for Student Athletes model.”

Steer has launched a significant capital campaign to support having 100 student athletes successfully participate in the program across multiple schools in some of the largest and most challenged public school districts in the country by 2020. To learn more, visit www.SteerForStudentAthletes.org/100by2020.

They have also introduced a Steer Ambassador Program hoping to gain the support of individuals, families, and named sponsors who share the value system that positive engagement with sports can be used to change educational and social outcomes. Learn more at www.steerforstudentathletes.org/steerambassadors or call

917-693-8745.

Caption: Steer students with co-founder Michael Eck, back row center

Families are all invited to the Rye Neck PTSA Spring Fair on April 22 from 11-4 at the Middle/High School campus. There will be rides, arts and crafts, games, music, international foods, and raffles.

Over spring break, the Rye High School Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse Team hosted eighth graders from San Miguel Academy in Newburgh for a clinic and lunch. Only 60 miles from Rye, San Miguel is located in one of the most dangerous areas of the state, in a city filled with gangs and drug warfare. San Miguel, established in 2006, is described as a “lighthouse” on the banks of the Hudson, serving as a beacon of hope to the low-income students who come from a local public school system where fewer than 30 percent of underserved students graduate from high school.

One hundred percent of San Miguel graduates enter high school supported by the Graduate Success Program, which provides tuition assistance, mentoring, and tutoring for the student as he continues his educational journey. 

This was the second year the Rye High team hosted a fun-filled day for all the boys. Donations were collected and provided to the boys so they can begin to learn the sport of lacrosse.

Thanks to the Rye Lacrosse Association for organizing the event and providing lunch from Jerry’s; Blueline Sports and Sports Barn for equipment donations; and many parent volunteers for their generous support of this program.

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The RHS Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse Team with eighth-grade students from San Miguel Academy

By Sophia Cetina

The whole community is invited to G Fest on April 28 and 29. The fourth annual festival promises to entertain, encourage, inspire, and incite Garnet pride, and brings friends, neighbors, athletes, students – current and former – and their families together for a day of activities and sports.

Among the events planned are: Varsity Baseball, Varsity Softball, and Rugby on Friday, accompanied by two student performances of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” On Saturday, while Rye High students sell refreshments, and Jerry’s provides a hotdog cart, enjoy Varsity Tennis, JV Softball, Varsity Lacrosse, and more.

Although the event sprouted from Rye’s pride in its teens, G Fest has expanded to an all-ages community-enriching experience. Rye High Principal Patricia Taylor says, “It’s a great opportunity to bring together community and high school. By bringing in students that are raising funds, singing, it’s not entirely for athletes. Others are involved and everyone is encouraged to attend.”

In addition to the featured sports exhibitions, enjoy half-time shows, performances, face painting, food vendors, games, and entertainment for all ages.

G Fest is not only a showcase event, but also an opportunity for younger children and underclassmen to cheer on their siblings, role models, and mentors, and learn more about the opportunities available to them. Mrs. Potter, the Osborn School nurse, says, “Many of the kids are excited to see their siblings and friends participate. They idolize the older kids.”

Caroline Teaghe, a first grader at Osborn, is the embodiment of future Garnet pride. “I can’t wait to get my face painted and watch the sports,” she says.

This event is here to inspire all, whether you’re a past RHS parent, an RMS awaiting your turn, or an eternal Rye-Harrison rivalry fan.

G Fest highlights the elements of sportsmanship that benefit all of us. “It’s the perfect opportunity to showcase the character and success of our athletes,” says RHS Athletic Director Michael Arias.  

While the famous Rye-Harrison game might be the biggest draw of the year, G Fest has become the unifying phenomenon for the community. As the saying goes, “It’s great to be a Garnet.” Garnet Pride T-shirts and the red-and-black “G” lawn signs that stand proudly on so many lawns prove that G-Fest is a Rye-wide celebration. On April 28 and 29, come show your support and community pride.

A SADD but Important Day

By Janice Llanes Fabry

During each period of the school day April 7, the Rye Neck High School student body was exposed to the perils of driving while distracted through activities organized by the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club.

“Awareness is the key,” said Rye Neck counselor and SADD advisor Susan Hannon. “Recognizing how dangerous certain situations can be helps students make better decisions.”

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teenagers. Six teens between the ages of 16 and 19 die every day from motor vehicle injuries, as a result of distracted driving and impaired driving. Texting while driving is particularly dangerous because it involves all three types of distraction: visual, manual, and cognitive.

Fortunately, teen motor crashes are preventable and proven strategies can improve the safety of young drivers. First, teens have to acknowledge the role they play and accept responsibility. SADD Day focuses specifically on the dangers of driving while texting or drinking.

High-risk situations are brought to light in a particularly graphic way on SADD Day. The 60 members of the club, freshmen to seniors, worked tirelessly on various presentations. They painted tombstones with students’ names and installed them outside on the campus. Students dressed as a grim reaper who visited classrooms and tapped students on the shoulder, representing victims killed by drunk drivers. A table was set up with candles, lit for the number of drunk driving deaths that occur during the school day.

Throughout the year, SADD presents programs such as Red Ribbon Week for drug awareness, Mental Health Awareness Week to help students alleviate high levels of anxiety, and, coming up, Stress Less Week during finals.

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RNHS SADD Officers, from left: Justin Sturgis, Aliya Glattstein, Philip Beebe, and Kevin Reimers

<<Caroline Franchella>> was named to the Gettysburg College Dean’s Commendation List for the fall 2016 term. She is a member of the class of 2020.