Six student athletes from Gateway Regional High School were honored at the Massachusetts Student-Athlete Citizenship Day held April 15 at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The event was co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society, and the Massachusetts National Guard.
“It was good. It wasn’t just about sports—it really focused on leadership and community service,” said senior Brennan Foley, a member of the Varsity Soccer Team and Alpine Ski Team. Also attending were Joanna Arkoette (soccer, basketball and softball), Kenneth Bourdon (wrestling), Dayna Britland (softball), Rachel LeBarron (soccer, skiing) and Brett Turban (basketball, baseball). Students were selected by Gateway’s Athletic Director Matthew Bonenfant.
“The day was a series of workshops dealing with leadership and community service. Students shared ideas on ways to help local communities—fundraisers, awareness walks, and volunteerism,” said Michael Forand, Head Wrestling Coach at Gateway who attended with students. Gateway was one of 13 area high schools to take part.
The Keynote Presentation was given by Lieutenant Colonel Jason Oberton, Commander of the Recruiting and Retention Battalion of the Massachusetts Army National Guard.
Students participated in a values inventory workshop, storytelling workshop, and brainstormed community service ideas. They were treated to lunch by Subway, and each received free passes to tour the Basketball Hall of Fame.