FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Buddy Track Returns for 5th Season
Deep River, Connecticut- March 23, 2016- Buddy Track, a program for high school and middle school aged students to partner with special needs athletes, returns for its 5th annual season this May at Valley Regional High School (VRHS).
The four-session event is sure to expand and include even more stations according to John Caprizio, VRHS senior and current organizer of the program.
John Caprezio took over the program two years ago after its founder Meghan Hint left for college. Throughout the last four years the program has seen sessions that meet only three times per season and each year an increase in athletes and buddies.
“This year, we will expand the program to include a high jump station in addition to hurdles, sprints, relay race, shot put and long jump,” said Caprezio. “We also will be opening registration to Clinton and Old Saybrook so that more members of our shoreline community can have an opportunity to participate.
Caprezio believes these are positive steps forward for the volunteer-based program. He noted that though he thinks the expansion will be a great move for this year, he is going to try to organize another location for a stem-off program with next year’s organizer, Danny Richards, a current sophomore at the high school.
Members of the local community have been pleased with Buddy Track’s continuation over the last four years.
“Meghan started something great,” said Elizabeth Bish, “My son Pat, he can’t wait to come up here for Buddy Track, it’s his favorite sport and it helps him practice for the Special Olympics which are later that month.”
Pat even donated to Buddy Track with the proceeds from his homemade soaps that he sells in the hardware store.
Those that would like to sign up as a buddy or an athlete can visit the Deep River Town Hall to pick up a waiver.
877 Main Street, Deep River, CT
Photos by : Laura Matesky