Uncommon Athlete returns to make role models out of student-athletes District Attorney: 'Too much bad behavior occurs in the context of school sports'
From left: Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler, Cody Hodges, Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, and Goshen Athletic Director Greg Voloshin in 2016 (Justin Rodriguez Twitter photo)
GOSHEN — This spring, the Uncommon Athlete, a program of Rachel’s Challenge and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, will again be sponsored by Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler. The Uncommon Athlete gives student-athletes tools they can use to make themselves better athletes and better citizens, and to help them to realize their potential as future leaders of our communities. “Too much bad behavior on the part of students occurs in the context of school sports, among athletes whose position in our schools often makes them role models for other students. We owe it to our children to strive to make their role models positive," said Hoovler. "The Uncommon Athlete seeks to do just that, provide student-athletes with strategies to make them positive influences on other students. I’m proud to have brought The Uncommon Athlete to our area, and I hope that the program helps in making our schools into better places for our children to learn and grow.” The program impresses upon young athletes the values of Perseverance, Relationships, Integrity, Courage, and Empathy (PRICE). Cody Hodges, former Texas Tech and Tennessee Titans quarterback, provides a moving presentation that Hoovler says will leave an impression on everyone in the audience. Uncommon Athlete events will be presented on April 9 and 10 at the high schools and middle schools in the Minisink Valley Central School District and the Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery Central School District. Specific times and venues will be announced. Other schools attending the events may be added in each of those venues. Hoovler has sponsored the Uncommon Athlete for the past three years. To date, the District Attorney has sponsored presentations of The Uncommon Athlete twelve times at area high schools, presentations that involved approximately 4,000 student athletes. Hoovler intends to sponsor The Uncommon Athlete in other area schools in the fall.