We held our 2017 Spring Graduation Banquet at
Mulino’s at Lake Isle Country Club in Eastchester, NY
on Wednesday, May 17. The event boasted over 200 attendees
including staff, board members, founding donors, collaborative
partners, friends of the organization, and all 46 Steer student
athletes and their families. The evening was hosted by
Executive Director of Programs Byron Womack, and
Co-Founder Mike Eck.
The evening was primarily dedicated to commemorating the
graduates of the Steer program, which includes three student
athletes, all of whom will be attending 4-year colleges or
universities in the fall. Program Consultant
Dr. Hector Morales-Negron spoke to the group regarding the
mental conditioning work he does with our students and how
his Peak Mental Game (PMG) program is implemented in
order to ensure success for our students in all aspects of life.
The event also featured James Kallusky, from Laureus Sport for Good
Foundation USA, a national foundation with a mission to change the lives
of youth and strengthen communities through the power of sport
(www.LaureusUSA.com). Steer for Student Athletes recently joined the
NYC Sport for Development Collaborative, created by Laureus USA and
Adelphi University. The collaborative is a group of over 60 local organizations using sport to positively impact the lives of youth in the New York City area.
Following Dr. Morales, and James Kallusky of Laureus USA, the 2017 Humanitarian Award was presented to Lois Lavelle for her selfless efforts while volunteering her time as a Steer math tutor over the last year. We are truly blessed to have a community resource such as Lois Lavelle who is more than willing to do whatever is necessary for the betterment of our students. Student Support Coordinator, Jordan Eck, was then presented with the Steer For Student Athletes Award for his commitment to each steer student and their families over the last four years.
And last, but certainly not least, we honored our three Steer program graduates from Port Chester High School Tamia Morgan, Karmen Pantoja and Xavier Tyson. We could not be more proud of them and excited for them as they embark on their new journey’s. Well done grads!
Special “Thank You’s” for making this evening a success: Mulino’s Group, Pete Pezzella of Memorable Moments Photography, and DJ Dizz.
Steer For Student Athletes is in its 4th school year of operation. There are 46 students in the Steer program ranging from Grades 7-12, and the organization currently operates in four schools and three school districts: Port Chester High School (Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District), Palisade Preparatory School (Yonkers Public School District), Careers in Sports High School and Wings Academy (New York City Public School District).
The primary mission of Steer is to continue to grow and support at-risk student athletes and their families to achieve sustainable positive outcomes. Steer has recently launched a Fundraising Campaign to have 100 student athletes in the program by 2020. Please visit the 100 by 2020 Campaign Page: www.SteerForStudentAthletes.org/100by2020 to learn more on how best to support this campaign and its mission or donate following this link: DONATE.
Make sure to check out our posts from the Banquet on Facebook and Instagram!