NYSPHSAA Announces Fall 2019 Community Service Challenge Champions

Date Posted: 12/19/2019
Author: Chris Watson, Director of Communications


NYSPHSAA Announces Ossining Football Team as
Community Service Challenge Champions for Fall 2019


LATHAM, NY- The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) is proud to announce the Ossining Football Team as the winners of the Fall 2019 NYSPHSAA Community Service Challenge. Ossining was chosen by the NYSPHSAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) comprised of two current student-athletes from each of NYSPHSAA’s 11 member sections.

Established in the Fall of 2010, the program encourages students to get involved in their community. In 2018, NYSPHSAA partnered with Team Up for Community to allow submissions using an online portal. The Team Up for Community portal provides schools the opportunity to showcase community service projects which ultimately fosters young peoples’ sense of civic engagement and community thus helping them achieve their educational, developmental and social goals. This is the second year NYSPHSAA will be honoring Community Service Challenge Champions after each sport season. This fall, 211 projects were submitted by NYSPHSAA member schools with a total of 8,774 student-athletes involved in the projects equaling over 54,000 hours volunteered. A total of $120,640 was raised for charitable causes by member schools in the fall 2019 season.

On Thursday August 22, 2019, a fire destroyed the Landmark Diner in Ossining. The Landmark is a longtime major supporter of Ossining athletics and especially the Ossining High School football team. Prior to the fire, the diner was donating dinners to the football team every week the evening of the team’s games for many years. The Landmark also donated breakfast for players and coaches the Saturday after their games. On Saturday, August 24th the football team, with help from the Ossining cheerleaders and soccer team, made posters to support the diner and employees who were unemployed due to the fire. In just one hour the fundraiser generated over $1,000 in donations. The football team also accepted donations at their first home game of the season to additionally help the cause.


“The Landmark Diner and its owner Avi Thanos have been a strong supporter for Ossining Athletics. This was our way of showing our gratitude to the diner and all of their employees,“ said Larry McRae, Ossining Football Head Coach. “As coaches we are always teaching sportsmanship, teamwork, and commitment. But the greatest lesson we teach are life lessons. Things they can take with them when the air is out of the ball. Helping out the less fortunate is the biggest one of all.”


“I felt it was important for us to give back because they have always given to us. It was our turn to give back and support them,” said Ossining senior Joe Nolan, Sr. The Ossining football team, along with the Winter 2020 and Spring 2020 Community Service Challenge Champions, will be honored at the NYSPHSAA Recognition Luncheon as part of the Annual Central Committee Meeting on July 28th in Lake Placid.

Applications for the winter Community Service Challenge are now being accepted and can be submitted by visiting http://nysphsaa.org/Educational-Programs/Community-Service.  Deadline is March 9, 2020. For questions, please contact NYSPHSAA Assistant Director, Kristen Jadin at kjadin@nysphsaa.org or 518.690.0771.

Previous Community Service Challenge State Champions-

2019 – Winter, Harrison High School (Section I)
            Fall, Canandaigua Academy (Section V)/Eastport South Manor (Section (XI)
            Spring, Hewlett High School (Section VIII)

2018 –Farmingdale High School (Section VIII)

2017 – Akron High School (Section VI)

2016 – Mahopac High School (Section I)

2015Kings Park High School (Section XI)

2014 – Arlington High school (Section I)

2013 – Columbia High School (Section 2)

2012 – Ossining High School (Section I)

2011 – Adirondack Central School (Section III)




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The New York State Public High School Athletic Association Inc. is a non-profit, voluntary, educational service organization composed of public, parochial, and private schools dedicated to providing equitable and safe competition for the students of its member schools. The organization conducts 32 championship events and governs the rules and regulations of high school athletics in New York State. Membership is open to secondary schools providing interschool athletic activities for boys and girls in grades 7-12.