Har­lem Glo­be­trot­ters star and Kingston High School grad Tay Fisher vis­its stu­dents

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

KINGSTON, N.Y. » Har­lem Glo­be­trot­ters star and Kingston High School grad Tay “Fire­fly” Fisher vis­ited stu­dents in October for three mo­ti­va­tional speeches.

About 1,200 stu­dents in grades 9 through 12 par­tic­i­pated in the assem­blies. “This pro­gram is de­signed to help stu­dents to pre­pare for their high school and col­lege ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Fisher in a pre­pared state­ment. “I com­mu­ni­cate what helped me be­come suc­cess­ful so they can learn and es­tab­lish their own path to suc­cess. I share my per­sonal story both on and off the court as not all of the kids can re­late to me ath­let­i­cally; I want each stu­dent to leave em­pow­ered for a bright fu­ture. There is noth­ing bet­ter than having the op­por­tu­nity to talk with stu­dents and be­ing able to re­late to them in nu­mer­ous ways. “It’s all about the con­nec­tion for them to fully un­der­stand my mes­sage,” he said. “Tay Fisher’s mes­sage is one of per­sis­tence, re­silience, self-worth and hard work,” Amy Kapes, a high school so­cial worker, said in the press re­lease. “More than a mo­ti­va­tional speaker, he is a real life ex­am­ple to Kingston kids of their own per­sonal po­ten­tial. We are so grate­ful to the Bene­dic­tine Health Foun­da­tion for giv­ing our kids the op­por­tu­nity to hear his story, re­flect on their in­ten­tions and goals and be in­spired to plan for their fu­tures,” Pro­ceeds from the Bene­dic­tine Health Foun­da­tion’s Kick for Men­tal Health Kick­ball Tour­na­ment held in June were used to spon­sor the assem­blies. The Foun­da­tion is sup­port­ing ad­di­tional pro­grams through­out the school year at the high school and with the HealthAl­liance Ado­les­cent Par­tial Hos­pi­tal­iza­tion Pro­gram that pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents to build crit­i­cal so­cial-emo­tional and cop­ing skills and par­tic­i­pate in pro-so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties that build self-es­teem and con­fi­dence. The Bene­dic­tine Health Foun­da­tion sponsored the events.

PHOTO PRO­VIDED

Tay Fisher with Kingston High School stu­dent Do­minique Rivers Lyons.

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