LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Student athletes and coaches from both Siena Basketball teams recently visited 10 Capital Region-area schools as part of Siena Athletics' BlueShield of Northeastern New York "Saints in the Community" Adopt-A-School program. The Saints preached the importance of hard work and strong academics while also interacting with students through games and basketball drills.
In Albany the Saints visited Brighter Choice School for Boys, Brighter Choice School for Girls, Albany School of Humanities and Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy. The Saints also made visits to St. Mary's Academy (Hoosick Falls), North Albany Academy (Menands), Forts Ferry (Latham), Karigon Elementary School (Clifton Park), Zoller Middle School (Schenectady) and McNulty Academy (Amsterdam).
At each school the teams addressed the students about what it takes to not only be a Division I athlete, but how to succeed in whatever you wish to pursue. Hard work, academic achievement, good sportsmanship and effective time management were amongst the topics.
Additionally, the Saints interacted with the students by playing games and participating in basketball drills, showing off some of their skills while teaching valuable basketball lessons to the youngsters. At the conclusion of the day, the Saints took time to sign autographs and present the students with some special Siena Saints memorabilia.
As part of the Adopt-A-School program, a total of 2,368 schoolchilren and their teachers from the 10 schools attended women's basketball's Third Annual BlueShield of Northeastern New York Kid's Day Game on Jan. 10 at the Alumni Recreation Center. The crowd was the second largest ever to see a Siena Women's Basketball game at the ARC.
As part of the game, BlueShield had their Healthy Zone cruiser at the game which included various activities for those in attendance and gave away magnets and did a t-shirt toss. Additionally, there was a game at halftime and during timeouts with the students involving healthy trivia questions and activities.
Members of Siena's athletic programs interact with designated schools throughout the year. In addition to providing guidance and leadership to area youths, Siena's student athletes learn firsthand the value of volunteering in the community.
About BlueShield of Northeastern New York BlueShield of Northeastern New York is a division of HealthNow New York Inc., one of New York's leading health care companies that provides access to quality health care and innovative solutions for members throughout upstate New York. Headquartered in Buffalo, NY, the company's is an independent Licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association.