Akron High School has been named as this year’s winner of the Community Service Challenge by the New York State Public High School Athletic Challenge. Akron was picked by the NYSPHSAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which is made up of two current student-athletes from each of the 11 sections and three student leaders.
The honor is designed to salute students who become involved in their local community. They join with their schools in developing and executing a program.
In this case, the Akron varsity softball team created a program called “Just DOnate It!” In 2016, the squad collected 7,500 pounds of used softball equipment. It was shipped to Bani, Dominican Republic. Akron student-athletes visited Bani in Jan. 2017 to distribute the equipment and teach the game of softball. Return trips are planned in the next two years to provide footwear and medical equipment.
“ ‘Just DOnate It!’ was a simple idea, and the players, our school, community businesses, the US Air Force and all of Western New York worked like a team and made it happen,” said Marlene Stone, Akron softball coach. “The hard work and persistence of these student-athletes will have a tangible impact in our Dominican sister city for years.”
Akron High School will be presented an award and recognized for their accomplishments at the NYSPHSAA Recognition Luncheon on July 25 in Clayton.