12/19/12 4:18 PM
On Monday, December 17th, Santa Claus (2019 White Coach Jimmy Astea) and his elves from Team 91 visited the AHRC and the Saul and Elaine Seiff Educare Center in Bohemia. The staff of 91 was joined by other organizations with representatives from the Chesapeake Bayhawks, High Impact Lacrosse (Westchester), Skyhawks Lacrosse (Pennsylvania), Precision Assembly Technologies, Christmas Magic, Suffolk Community College and the Stony Brook Children's Hospital program "Keeping Families Healthy."
All of the gifts that were collected at the Team 91 Toy Drive were wrapped and handed out to the children and adult students, teachers and aides at the AHRC. Said event organizer Sean Chamberlain, "We used to come here and volunteer when I was a member of the Stony Brook University Lacrosse team and it was one of the most rewarding things we did all year. When I became involved with youth sports, it seemed a perfect fit to bring back the volunteer work and have some of the staff and players come and visit the kids at the AHRC… I mean, it’s all about the kids."
Team 91 Director Jimmy Mule' summed it up best, "This is a great way for people to give back and spread holiday cheer. The kids got a kick out of seeing Santa and having him out gifts along with all of the elf helpers. It was really great to see and to be a part of."
Team 91 will be getting further involved with the AHRC and urge its players and their families to volunteer at the Special Olympics this summer in whatever capacity they can.
About Team 91: Team 91 was started in 2008 by Brian Spallina to provide an outlet for lacrosse players to compete in grade based competition against other travel programs and select teams in tournaments and leagues. Hoping that the players respond to competition the way Brian did, Team 91 is aimed at providing young athletes with the instruction and passion it takes to compete at the national level and ultimately at the collegiate level. Our mission is to give our players the opportunity to reach their full potential as a student-athlete. For more information visit Team 91.
About the AHRC: The AHRC offers a wide array of programs and services to individuals and families with children afflicted with handicaps and learning disabilities. The center also provides students with the tools for further education, future employment and a life of self-sufficiency. To learn more, or to donate to the AHRC visit their site by clicking here.