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Red Storm Players Honor Fifth And Sixth Grade 'Olympians' At Local Elementary School

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May 26, 2010

QUEENS, N.Y. - Three St. John's student-athletes, lacrosse's Gavin Buckley, women's basketball's Joy McCorvey and women's soccer's Courtney Curby, were recently invited to assist in honoring participants of Glendale's P.S. 113 Isaac Chauncey Elementary School Olympics.

Speaking to a group of approximately 120 fifth and sixth graders, Buckley, McCorvey and Curby congratulated the students on their academic and athletic achievements, then briefly shared insights into their experiences as Division I student-athletes. They assisted the elementary school administrators in awarding each child a ribbon and "Olympic" medal for their participation in the program. Following the ceremony, the Red Storm student-athletes signed autographs and spoke individually with many of the children and the program volunteers.

The P.S. 113 Olympics is an after-school program designed to challenge students in both individual and team settings, with a major focus on sportsmanship, fair play, teamwork, leadership and graciousness in victory and defeat. Academically eligible fifth graders with an interest in physical activity were divided into teams, competing on those teams throughout the year. This year, the program expanded to include academically eligible sixth graders who rotated teams across a variety of sports.

Weekly competitions between teams involved a variety of athletic challenges, including volleyball matches, lacrosse games and a basketball shooting contest. The program, created by the P.S. 113 administration and supported by several parent volunteers, was developed to promote a healthy and active lifestyle by giving students an opportunity to participate in several different sports and athletic activities.

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