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Basketball Legend Sue Wicks Joins Riverhead Students for 37th Annual Riverhead CAP Say NO to Drugs March

June 3, 2024
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Basketball Legend Sue Wicks Joins Riverhead Students for 37th Annual Riverhead CAP Say NO to Drugs March

March Aims to Spread Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention

RIVERHEAD, NEW YORK (JUNE 2024)—The Riverhead Central School District will be taking part in the Riverhead Community Awareness Program, Inc.’s 37th Annual Say NO to Drugs March on Friday, June 7th, 2024. The Riverhead program, known as CAP, hosts the Say NO to Drugs March to prevent substance abuse, educate the community, and promote healthy decision-making skills. Suffolk County native Sue Wicks, a legendary women’s basketball player and Hall of Famer, is this year’s honored guest and keynote speaker.

“The Riverhead Central School District values its incredible partnership with Riverhead CAP,” said Riverhead Central School District Interim Superintendent Cheryl Pedisich. “Riverhead CAP, in alignment with our district-wide mission, enhances our students’ leadership, character, and passion for community service.”

The 37th Annual Say NO to Drugs March begins at 9:30 a.m. in front of Pulaski Street Intermediate School. The march will head south on Roanoke Avenue, west on 2nd Street past Town Hall, and return to Pulaski via Griffing and Hallett Avenues. Following the march, there will be a brief ceremony on the steps of Pulaski where Sue Wicks will address the students and community as well as the Riverhead Town Board and elected officials. After the ceremony, the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1742 will generously serve a picnic lunch to all students and guests.

“We are thrilled to have Sue Wicks lead this year’s CAP march,” said CAP Executive Director Felicia Scocozza. “Through her leadership, advocacy, determination, and achievements, she is a wonderful role model for our youth and community.”

A true basketball icon, Sue Wicks played for the New York Liberty from 1997 until 2002, the first years of the WNBA’s existence. An international star before the formation of the WNBA, Wicks was a member of gold medal-winning teams at the 1988 Olympics and 1987 Pan-American Games. She played for Rutgers University from 1984 to 1988, finishing as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,655 points and all-time leading rebounder with 1,357 rebounds. As the most decorated player in Rutgers basketball history, she holds the university records—male or female—for points scored, scoring average, rebounds, rebounding average, blocked shots, field goals made and attempted, and free throws made and attempted. She was the second Rutgers women’s basketball player to have her jersey retired. During her high school career on Long Island, Wicks played at Center Moriches High School, shattering the record for most points scored in a game at 59 points. She was inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

“As a pioneering member of the first class of WNBA players, I am proud to have worked on issues concerning player negotiations, healthcare, and wages,” said Wicks. “Later, as a U.S. Sports Ambassador under President George W. Bush, I had the opportunity to visit Southeast Asia and share my love of basketball while focusing on girls’ and women’s rights.”

The issue of substance use prevention is personal to Wicks, having experienced losses related to addiction within her own family. She shared her message for young people, “Do your best, understand mistakes are not the end, begin again, and push the limit.”

Since 1983, Riverhead CAP, a nonprofit organization, has provided drug and alcohol prevention, education, and counseling programs for the Riverhead Central School District. CAP is best known for its two-year prevention program serving over 750 fifth and sixth graders in Pulaski Street School each year. The Too Good for Drugs program, taught by community volunteers and student peer leaders, concludes with the annual Say NO to Drugs March. The goal of the program is to prevent and delay underage drinking and drug use in youth, and its evidence-based foundation is rooted in building self-esteem and increasing healthy decision-making skills.

For more information about the Riverhead Central School District, please visit the district’s website at www.riverhead.net. Happenings in the district can also be followed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/riverheadCSD. #BlueWavesPride.

 

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Pulaski Street Intermediate School students at the 2023 Riverhead CAP Say NO to Drugs March

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Pulaski Street Intermediate School students marching in the 36th Annual Riverhead CAP Say NO to Drugs March

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Women’s basketball legend and Hall of Famer Sue Wicks