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Oct 31 2013

NYIT Student-Athletes Join ECC's First "Team Up to Clean Up" Initiative

Old Westbury, N.Y. (Oct. 31, 2013) - On Friday, Oct. 25, New York institute of Technology (NYIT) student-athletes joined  East Coast Conference (ECC) members Dowling College and Molloy College in the ECC’s first "Team Up to Clean Up" day to provide clean-up efforts in their local communities. Student-athletes on seven NYIT teams did their part by cleaning up at Manorhaven Beach Park in Port Washington, N.Y., and Manhasset Valley Park in Manhasset, N.Y.
“The NYIT Bears were extremely excited to be part of the ECC clean-up initiative,” said NYIT Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Clyde Doughty Jr. “The ability for our student-athletes to participate in community service enables them to understand the blessings and importance of being a student-athlete.”
“Community service and engagement is one of the key highlights of a student-athlete’s collegiate career,” said NYIT’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President Chinyere Udoh. “We are showing that NYIT cares and takes the time to reach out to our community. These interactions show we care about positively impacting society.”
Dowling College’s efforts included partnering with Keep Islip Clean, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., for the eighth consecutive year. Over 300 student-athletes, coaches, and staff members spread throughout the community to pick up trash. Molloy College’s clean up took place in the Village of Hempstead, cleaning up sidewalks, weeding, laying fresh soil and mulch, and painting street guardrails.
"Team Up to Clean Up is one part of an ongoing effort by the East Coast Conference and our member schools to further display their commitment to partnering with and giving back to their communities,” stated Dr. Robert Dranoff, ECC Commissioner.  “We look forward to continuing this program as well as promoting many other activities which involve our other ECC schools too, all of whom work hard throughout the year to make a difference."
Dranoff also noted the generous support provided by Henry Schein, Inc., of Melville, N.Y., distributor of health care products and services, for Team Up to Clean Up.  Supplies including protective gloves, garbage bags and wipes were graciously donated and used by the student-athletes.
"On behalf of Henry Schein," noted Justin Hickam, regional sales manager for sports medicine at Henry Schein, "it was our pleasure to assist our local communities and the athletic programs at Molloy, Dowling, and NYIT. When everyone chips in and works together to support their neighborhoods, we can accomplish great things."
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