On Friday, June 16th in Staten Island, the New York Giants, United Way of New York City and Verizon teamed up to celebrate students at Curtis High School work in the Character Playbook program. Students had the chance to hear from offensive lineman, Adam Gettis about the importance of character and healthy relationships. During the student-led Q&A, Gettis shared with students hist written-out list of priorities, which has been in his wallet since 8th grade per the advisement of his uncle who has served as a mentor to him. Gettis left the students with the advice to”Take the help that is given to you. Don’t play around.”
The event also featured a true or false activity led by Verizon Public Relations Manager, David Weissmann in which students were put to the test, and congratulatory remarks and award presentation from Michelle Matheson, Vice President of special events and sponsorships at UWNYC. Students received certificates in recognition of their work in the course and the Innovation in Character Education award was presented to Curtis High School and accepted by Joseph Baratta, Curtis High School teacher and Forward PASS Student-Athlete Development Program coordinator.