Harrison High School has been chosen as the winner of the Winter 2019 New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Community Service Challenge. The challenge encourages students to become and remain active participants in their communities, and provides them with an opportunity to showcase their community service projects.
The Harrison program, Athletes in Action (AIA) was created and led by student-athletes, Josh Cooper, Matthew Cooper and Connor Novak with the goal of integrating community service into the Harrison High School athletics program.
AIA partnered with Pleasantville Cottage School, a nationally respected residential treatment program, that is home to emotionally troubled boys and girls between the ages of 7-15. One of the goals of the partnership is mentorship and friendship, and each sports team from Harrison High School visits Pleasantville Cottage School once per season to play its specific sport with the residents.
AIA was selected by the NYSPHSAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) from 91 projects submitted by NYSPHSAA member schools, representing 5,350 student-athletes and equaling over 74,010 hours volunteered.