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Third-Graders ‘Meet the Athlete’ during Bronxville Spirit Week

Bronxville High School student-athletes demonstrated the importance of teamwork and good sportsmanship when they collaborated with third-graders during the annual “Meet the Athlete Day” on April 21.

As a culminating activity to Bronxville Spirit Week, which was organized by the athletic department and Athletic Council, approximately 24 athletes talked with elementary school students about the significance of good sportsmanship, hard work and character education. They answered questions from students and discussed their experience with sports and balancing athletics and academics.

Senior Matthew Bettino, a golfer, basketball player and co-president of the Athletic Council, encouraged a group of third-graders to get involved in sports and be prepared for the responsibilities and hard work that come with it. He said that children should learn from a young age how to be fair and respectful of other players.

“I think the most important thing they learned was the idea of sportsmanship,” Bettino said. “A lot of kids, who are young when they play a game and are new to it, don’t really know how to conduct themselves on the field, but I think as they mature and they hear from older kids, they learn how important respect and sportsmanship are to the game. Goals are important, but sportsmanship kind of trumps that because if you’re not a good sport, you’re not a good athlete.”

Other high school athletes stressed the importance of teamwork, encouraging fellow teammates to succeed and empowering them with the confidence they might need. They told the younger students that no matter how many minutes are left in the game, they still have to work hard until the very end.

“It’s really important that they understand that it’s not only about winning,” said junior Ellie Walsh, who plays field hockey, basketball and lacrosse. “There’s much more to it. In sports, you really have to make sure that in order for a team to work well, you have to become teammates.”

Third-graders said they appreciated meeting the athletes.

“It was nice of them to come and take time out of their lives to share their experience with us,” one student said. “I learned that you should have good sportsmanship and never give up even if you’re having a bad day. What I like about sports is that it keeps you active and they’re really fun.”

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