At a recent Brookhaven Town board meeting, Center Moriches school district athletes were honored for their athletic achievements, including the girls soccer team (pictured). The athletes were presented with certificates by the board and asked to stand for a photo.
In other district news, Jeremy Thode, athletic director, recently embarked upon “You Shall Not Walk Alone,” a week-long event to raise awareness for mental health in adolescents.
Beginning on Nov. 21, Thode walked to 59 high schools in Suffolk County – the schools were all Section XI, which means they participate in athletics together. Throughout the 300-mile walk, Thode posted on social media and journaled his experience.
“It was grueling. At times it was lonely. It was challenging—but in using social media as my outlet and updating people across Suffolk County, it caught a lot of attention, and we raised a lot of awareness for mental health, which was the goal,” he said.
Thode said he received interest from the media as well as messages of support from people who have struggled with mental health, or people that have loved ones who have.
“Mental health and wellness concerns have been a huge factor in kids’ lives forever. When COVID-19 struck, that exacerbated concerns, and this is about helping kids to ensure they’re not alone,” he said.
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