Written by Dr. Scott Silverman Friday, 26 February 2010 00:00
As more news of a difficult economy presents itself to us daily, I have recently been reflecting on the current state of our PE, Health and Athletics Department at Glen Cove.
I have always been something of a cups half-full type of person. If a challenge presents itself, rather than focus on things that are amiss, why not just take the situation and figure out how to make it better? As the A.D. at Glen Cove I strive to give our students the best possible experiences during their school years. If one focuses on what needs to get done, rather than what can’t get done, progress occurs. As someone who lives the life of an A.D. on a daily basis, I can soundly say, we are doing very well in Glen Cove. You have my word, that in these potentially tough economic years ahead, I will continue to strive to bring in the various donations, grants and free programs that have put our PE, health and athletics programs on the map!
Over the past three years some of our most profound accomplishments include:
·A new fitness center at the High School at no cost to the district
·An elective style PE curriculum that has included yoga, dance, cycling, self-defense and weight training.
·Several cultural experiences with students from Denmark, one of which was televised
·A part time athletic trainer
·A new Concussion Program to help prevent potential brain injury
·The creation of a Student Athletic Leadership Team that brings High School leaders to Elementary schools to discuss a substance free lifestyle – funded by a grant
·Increased involvement in the Empire Games for the physically challenged
·New high school gymnasium curtains that increase the safety of our students
·The emergence of the Red Army- a major boost for school spirit at the High School
·One of the best homecoming games broadcast by MSG cable under donated lights from Nassau County.
·An updated athletics website where we welcome contributing articles and pictures
·The arrival of our first summer Basketball Camp at Glen Cove schools, which included employment of High School students. The camp generated money for our Booster Club
·Increased physical education time at the elementary schools
·Awards Night slide shows
·Improvements to our athletic fields
·Relocation of the High School batting cages
·Creation of an After-School Fitness Intramural
·Addition of a new Middle School scoreboard at no cost to the district
·Newsday TV commercial shoots involving our student athletes, which have resulted in donations to our athletics program.
·Increased coverage of Glen Cove Athletes on MSG Sports Desk
·A sport psychology unit in our Physical Education classes
·Improved athletics showcases
·Additional Middle School baseball, softball and girls volleyball teams.
·At no cost to the district, we have obtained various speakers to discuss topics such as NCAA recruiting, bicycle safety, and more
·An upcoming track invitational
·New floor hockey equipment donated by the New York Islanders.
·No cost to district field trips to Mets and Islander games.
·Drug prevention, skin cancer prevention and tobacco prevention programs.
·Increased team trips to out of state competitions.
·Positive changes in our eligibility policy.
·A fully updated and safe adventure course at the middle school.
·A special surprise for the varsity baseball/softball fields this spring
There are many more additional improvements, which we are proud to have brought to the district. And speaking of pride, our teams are also on the rise.
Mr. Falen and Mr. Sirakis, with their athletes, produced winning basketball records this season.
Our wrestlers produced an all-county recipient.
Ms. Gow, Mrs. Carmody, Mr. Rotolo, and Mr. Sirakis have out of state team trips planned that are sure to improve team chemistry.
This is just the tip of the iceberg and it is exciting to be a part of it. The Glen Cove Community has been very supportive toward our athletic programs and I thank you for entrusting me to serve as your athletic director. New and creative programs that will provide more opportunities for student growth are being considered for future development.
These may include: athletic trainer certification classes for college credit, growth in our spinning electives, large track invitationals, sports medicine classes, increased sport summer camps, after-school or weekend exercise classes for handicapped children, increased media coverage of our games, more donated exercise equipment for our weight room and much more…
Dr. Silverman is the districtwide athletic coordinator for Glen Cove schools. He has a degree in sport and exercise psychology from Boston University. He has worked with high school to professional athletes on performance enhancement and has appeared on a number of sports programs discussing the topic of youth sports. He has a passion for making athletics the best possible experience it can be for all young athletes, as well as ensuring all youth have an opportunity to use sport as a learning tool about life and health. Dr. Silverman is a fitness buff who still is an avid ice hockey player.