High Notes: Sports lessons, cure for epilepsy, parks, legal help

Spotlighting the good being done in our communities
Students skate at Messa Rink, Union College, in Schenectady, as part of a fundraiser for epilepsy research.
Students skate at Messa Rink, Union College, in Schenectady, as part of a fundraiser for epilepsy research.

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In Saratoga Springs, the Skidmore College Athletics Department recently hosted a free sports clinic for local girls in grades 3-7. Scholar-athletes from the college provided instruction in volleyball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball and tennis as part of the 10th annual National Girls & Women in Sport Day Event at the Williamson Sports Center. The college partnered with Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York for the program, which in addition to sports instruction included autograph sessions with the athletes, photos with the school mascot and giveaways.

In Schenectady, members of the city’s Recreation Advisory Commission and the chairperson of the City Council Parks and Recreation committee recently met with citizens to find ways to improve local parks. The Feb. 26 forum at the Ellis Medicine McClellan Health Center focused on parks located in the neighborhoods of Central State Street, the 12309 Zip code and the Eastern Avenue area, including Central Park and the Landon Terrace and Tribute Park pocket parks. Presenters offered an assessment of the parks’ needs and of similar needs across all parks. Residents who attended the forum asked a variety of questions and engaged in a lively and friendly discussion of the parks’ future. That led to the generation of many ideas for improving and repurposing the parks.

In Schenectady, members of the Eta Gamma chapter of Alpha Phi Omega hosted the second annual Skate For Alex fund-raiser at Frank Messa Rink to raise money for the fight against epilepsy. The fund-raiser, which featured songs, special t-shirts and ice-skating, was held in remembrance of Union College student Alex Askenazy, an avid hockey player and fan who died in October 2017 of sudden unexplained death in epilepsy, a complication of epilepsy that affects about one in 1,000 adults with the disorder every year. All proceeds from the event went to Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE), an organization that supports research into epilepsy and sudden unexplained death in epilepsy. Last year’s inaugural event raise more than $9,000 for CURE, and this year’s event had topped $9,700 raised as of mid-week. For information about Alex and epilepsy, and to make a donation, visit: http://bit.ly/2G6eGXL.

High Notes is a Monday feature of The Gazette Opinion section spotlighting the good being done in our communities by individuals, organizations and businesses. If you know of anyone who should be celebrated, send your suggestions for High Notes to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected]

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