Monday, October 9, 2017




“The Uncommon Athlete” events to be held at Orange County high schools

GOSHEN – Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler announced that this week, his office is again sponsoring “The Uncommon Athlete” at Orange County high schools.

The events will continue the success of “The Uncommon Athlete” presentations that Hoovler sponsored in March 2016 at Goshen Middle School and in October 2016 at five other Orange County schools. The March 2016 event brought together over 300 athletic directors, coaches, student athletes, and school superintendents, and the October 2016 events included over 1,700 students and adults from thirteen high schools.

“The Uncommon Athlete,” a program of Rachel’s Challenge and the Cal Ripken, Sr., Foundation, is designed to bring to student athletes some tools that they can use to make themselves not only better athletes, but better people, and to help them to realize their potential as future leaders of our communities.

The program impresses on young athletes the values of Perseverance, Relationships, Integrity, Courage, and Empathy (PRICE). Cody Hodges, former Texas Tech and Tennessee Titans quarterback, provides a presentation that promises to move everyone in the audience.

The programs will be held on:

  • October 10: Pine Bush High School will host Middletown High School;
  • October 10: Chester Academy will host O’Neill High School and Seward Academy;
  • October 11: Minisink Valley High School will host Port Jervis High School;
  • October 11: Monroe-Woodbury High School will host Newburgh Free Academy and Tuxedo High School;
  • October 12: Warwick Valley High School will host Burke Catholic;
  • October 12: Washingtonville High School will host Goshen High School.

“I’m proud of the success that we have had already with bringing The Uncommon Athlete to Orange County, and I’m hopeful that next week’s events will further enhance our ability to reach our young athletes,” Hoovler said. “’The Uncommon Athlete’ is designed to help reduce the incidence of bullying and other inappropriate behavior in school sports and in schools, in general. I hope to bring ‘The Uncommon Athlete’ to our schools often, so that we can begin to create a generation of student athletes that can grow up to help lead us into the future.”


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