For the last 14 years, New Brunswick High School has participated in the Play It Smart program. This is a school-based youth development program that works with student-athletes helping them to take full responsibility for their own future through sport participation. The Zebras have four full-time academic coaches that work with the students with advising, athletic counseling, personal growth and development and community service. The program services 100% of the student-athletes at New Brunswick High School and has been in existence since 2000.
On Friday, November 15, 2013, the group received the Special Olympics of New Jersey Project UNIFY Award in recognition for the school that has best adopted and promoted inclusion, acceptance, and awareness within their school environment in conjunction with the mission of the Special Olympics.
Some of the events that Play It Smart has participated in over the last couple of months was the Walk to End Alzheimers and the Color War for a Cause.
On Sunday, October 27th, 2013, Play It Smart had 187 student-athletes and coaches from New Brunswick High School participate in the Walk to End Alzheimers. The walk took place at Van Saun Park in Paramus, NJ. Through this the students raised $1,388.77 which they have donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Recently, they held their first ever Color War for a Cause event. Over 250 student-athletes and coaches were involved in the event. It was an incredible afternoon filled with competition, enthusiasm, and teamwork! The awareness and money raised through this event also went to support the Alzheimer’s Association.
Pictured are some of the 22 students from the New Brunswick High School Leadership Council, the Academic Coaches, NBHS Principal, Ms. Janene Rodriguez and Superintendent, Mr. Richard Kaplan receiving the Special Olympics of New Jersey Project UNIFY Award in November.