Bronx, NY (PRWEB) October 26, 2012
Mount Saint Michael Academy’s Sports Medicine Academy is off to a running start!
Currently a total of 44 students are enrolled in the Program: 4 Freshmen, 16 Sophomores, 13 Juniors and 11 Seniors.
Students are taking advanced courses such as AP Chemistry, Forensic Anthropology and the Science of Sports. Students will participate after school in the Mount's existing Mentoring in Medicine program, which includes monthly speakers in the medical profession and will combine that with on and off campus Sports Medicine internships which start in January 2013.
When the Sports Medicine Academy was first proposed by Mount Principal Bro. Steve Schlitte, it seemed like it could be a very challenging undertaking. Sports Medicine? Wasn't that a little too grand a project for a high school in the Bronx?
Well, as anyone in our community knows, the Mount is not just any high school in the Bronx. Its motto, ad astra per aspera seems to be an invitation to commit to challenging projects that will, through their process and development, deepen the educational distinction of the Mount.
One of the first Mount alum to join was Dr. Anthony Maddalo '72, who is the Program's chief advisor. Since Maddalo is a trainer for the NY Rangers and has a successful orthopedic surgery practice in Westchester, his involvement in the program was natural.
Dr. Maddalo's efforts at getting the word out about the Sports Medicine program in the last few months included a recent interview with MSG Varsity. Says Dr. Maddalo, "The Mount is about to offer a unique program that will help students embark on a fast track to a variety of sports medicine careers within an unprecedented exposure to clinical situations."
Maddalo's words and the program's practicality hit home with Buzz Zaino '61, a fund manager and economist at Royce and Associates, and his wife Alison, and motivated them to make a significant donation to the Sports Medicine Program.
Says Buzz, " Living in Colorado we experience more people, especially young people, with injuries due to an active lifestyle. The importance of physical therapy becomes obvious. Because of excellent therapy I healed quickly from a severely torn calf muscle."
"This appears to be a program with a practical vocation emphasis that our students can pursue. The Mount with its unique and extensive facilities in New York can attract and motivate talented students. Challenging programs can fulfill their aspirations.
The world has definitely changed in the last 20 years, and both Buzz and Alison recognize that preparing students to meet new challenges successfully is necessary.
Alison Zaino is a veteran in development and philanthropy: She is a current member of the board of trustees of The Marymount School in Manhattan, as well as a board member of the Alzheimers Drug Discovery Foundation headed by Leonard Lauder. Says Alison of the Sports Medicine Academy, "This program seems to be coming at the right time, to the right school for all the right reasons. In these constantly changing times, educational institutions need to work harder than ever to remain vital and necessary. This program will offer students a unique career path and help to distinguish the Mount well into the future."
Buzz relates, "In my era the U.S. economy experienced unfettered growth, blessing us with a "wind at our back" environment. We are experiencing less ebullient circumstances today and the student must be better prepared to compete and meet the challenges of a more complex world."