The Riverhead Central School District has joined more than 35 school districts across Long Island in mobilizing its high school student-athletes through a leadership program called Athletes Helping Athletes.
Held through Molloy College, the program is currently training 21 Riverhead athletes on how to serve as mentors to younger student-athletes. Over the course of three conference sessions at the college, the budding mentors learn how to conduct workshops for their younger peers that address issues such as bullying, substance abuse and life skills that can be developed through sports participation.
Already, program members have led two workshops for sixth-graders at Pulaski Street Elementary School. During the sessions, they introduced themselves to their mentees and forged bonds by playing athletic games with them.
To become a member of Athletes Helping Athletes, high school athletes must be involved in two varsity sports, maintain a GPA of 85 or higher, and obtain recommendations from both a teacher and a coach. Physical education teachers and coaches Maria Dounelis and Stephen Gevinski advise the program.
The district extends its congratulations to the following student-athletes who are the first Riverhead High School Athletes Helping Athletes members and who are making a difference in their peers’ lives: seniors Mairlon Alvardo, Nia Johnson and Patrick Marchetti; juniors Sean Allen, Dominic Bossey, Hannah Crump, Julia Divan, Morgan Fritscher, Ryan Keane, Anastasia Stapon and Justin Wallace; and sophomores Rebecca Bassemir, William Burkowsky, Kristina Dervaneire, Katherine Goodale, Megan Kilbasa, Katie Moore, Natalia Ruszkowski, Maximilian Solarz, Aaron Walker and Christina Yakaboski. #ThisIsRiverhead