Number of Participants: 3
Hours Donated: 10
Value of Time Served: $254
Event Type: Hunger
School: Rocky Point High School
Date: April 6, 2022
Rocky Point High School
Rocky Point Yaphank Road, Rocky Point
To be a standout high school athlete involves good technique, confidence and quick reactions. In addition to these skills, three Rocky Point High School varsity baseball players used keen observation and an awareness of their surroundings to help address a situation in the local community.
Seniors Cody Miller, Niko Sorice and A.J. Walker were driving by the local food bank when they noticed people in line looking for additional provisions. The sight inspired them to start a food drive at Rocky Point High School. Cody made an appointment to meet with Principal Jonathan Hart to discuss a food drive he wanted to lead in the building.
Together they decided on a week and Cody and his teammates collected food throughout the school. Some students and families learned of the food drive and dropped off food at Cody’s home as well. The school’s Athletes Helping Athletes also ran a diaper donation the same week to further support these young men’s cause.
The trio then took the dozens of boxes and bags of donated nonperishable foods and pantry items and delivered them to the shelter, where they were well received.
“These boys should be commended for their compassion, leadership and citizenship within our school community,” Principal Jonathan Hart said. “As standout student athletes, they certainly set an outstanding example for the youth throughout our community.”
Photo Caption: From left, Rocky Point High School students seniors A.J. Walker, Niko Sorice and Cody Miller.
Photo courtesy of the Rocky Point School District