Athletics at Baldwin UFSD
Welcome to the home of the Bruins! Physical Education is an important component of the overall educational process. The responsibility of the Physical Education program is to provide opportunities for students to develop skills, knowledge and attitude that will allow them optimal quality of life and well-being. It is our goal that students will develop a positive attitude and desire to participate in fitness activities throughout their lives.
Starting at the elementary level, students engage in a number of units that focus on locomotive and manipulative skills while instilling good sportsmanship.
Students participate in districtwide Physical Education activities such as the Fitness Jamboree, Basketball Shootout, Unity Day, and Rotary Track. During these events, the younger students interact with high school students from the Athletes Helping Athletes Student Leadership Team. Students at the middle and high school are also offered numerous intramural activities to participate in after school. These intramural activities include basketball, fitness clubs, volleyball, the annual Blue and Gold Night at Baldwin Middle School as well as the 70-year tradition of Intramural Night and Sportsweek in which the blue and gold teams sing and dance to original choreography.
The athletic program, which is an extension of the Physical Education program, offers 53 modified, junior varsity, and varsity teams at Baldwin Middle School and Baldwin High School. Baldwin High School athletes celebrate their achievements at the annual Varsity Banquet, including $960,000 in athletic scholarships. This year, there were 11 Scholar-Athlete teams and both the Girls and Boys Basketball Teams were Nassau County Champions.
2019 Varsity Banquet
On Thursday, June 13, 2019, the Baldwin Bruins Booster Club held their annual Varsity Banquet. The banquet was held in the gymnasium at Baldwin High School. Through the fundraising efforts of the Baldwin Booster Club, led by President, Mrs. Renee Salmon, over $30,000 in scholarships and awards were awarded to the athletic class of 2019. The banquet recognized over fifty student-athletes on their success and accomplishments. The presentation was held in a packed gymnasium with 350 in attendance. Christian Vera was awarded the Frank Zachmann Award, bestowed to the male senior athlete considered to be the most outstanding all-around athlete in the class. Kaia Harrison took home the Marion Mickey Waldman Trophy as the top all around female athlete of 2019. Kenroy Cummings was recognized with the Gerorge Craig Award and Nicolette Manzella earned the Ethel T. Kloberg Award.
This years banquet posthumously recognized the late Rob Oliveri with the Bill St. George Humanitarian Award. In attendance at the dinner were members of the Oliveri family. Mr. Oliveri passed away suddenly this past May and was a key force for many years in the Baldwin community youth programs. Also in attendance were Mrs. Amy Hayman, daughter of the late Richard "Ritter" Smith and his wife, Mrs Lynn Smith. They joined the Ed Ramirez, Director of Athletics, to present the first "Richard "Ritter" Smith Scholarship to Jevon Walker (Track) and Brianna Salvatore (Softball). Richard Smith was a four sport standout at Baldwin High School and later returned to Baldwin as a Physical Education teacher and coach for over thirty years. Richard Smith passed away this past fall.
Nassau Zone Award
On Monday, June 10, 2019, the Nassau Zone Chapter of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance held their annual awards dinner. The dinner was held at Angello Alumni Hall at Adelphi University. The event recognizes one professional from each of the areas (Health Education, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Athletics). Two Baldwin U.F.S.D. staff members were recognized at the dinner. April Mosca, Baldwin High School Health teacher, was honored as the 2019 Nassau County Secondary Health Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Mosca has taught Health at Baldwin High School since 2004. She was acknowledged for her work in Health Education curriculum development, establishing a Mindfulness Curriculum and working with the districts Wellness Committee Programs. Also honored at the dinner was Tom Catapano, Baldwin Middle School teacher and Girl's Basketball Varsity Head Coach. Mr. Catapano was honored as the Nassau County Coach of the Year. Mr. Catapano started his head coaching career with the Lady Bruins in 2010. He has won nine Nassau County Championships, four Long Island Championships, two NYS Championships, and an NYS Federation Championship. This past winter, the team won its sixth consecutive Nassau County Title. Since 2010, the Lady Bruins program has produced thirty student-athletes that earned college scholarships, grants and aide to play basketball at the NCAA level.
The 2019 Unity Day was held on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. After rescheduling for a third time due to inclement weather, the event successfully went off filled with sun, laughter and activities. This event sponsored as part of the Physical Education program with the goal of encouraging students to make new friends, establish relationships in an effort to eliminate bullying. Fifth grade students from each of the elementary schools are randomly divided into one of eight different teams. Students then participate in a day of sports and games with students from other schools. At the conclusion of the day, the Baldwin Middle School Principal, Mr. Tim Maher, greets students and unofficially welcomes them as Middle School students.
Victory Challenge Games
On Friday, May 30, 2019, special education students from Meadow, Plaza, Baldwin Middle School and Baldwin High School competed in the 2019 Victory Challenge Games at the Mitchell Field Complex. The event was previously called the Empire Games for the Physically Challenges. Over sixty Baldwin UFSD students competed and medaled at this years events. Members of Baldwin High School's student leadership team, Athletes Helping Athletes, attended the event to coach and support the participants. The students were coached by members of the Physical Education staff. The participating students were awarded their medals at the individual school awards ceremonies.
Paula Cerasoli - District Office
Patty Pinna - District Office
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Athletics can be a valuable component of a student's educational experience. Through the promotion of self-discipline, dedication, sportsmanship, teamwork, accountability, and commitment to achievement, athletics fosters many of the qualities and educational values we endorse as a district. Athletic competition is a forum through which students may push themselves and their limitations, allowing them to develop self-confidence and enhance their self-esteem.
Eduardo Ramirez - Director Of Athletics