Happy New Year! In one of our first posts of 2016 we would like to bring attention to something that we sometimes forget, that is how LUCKY we all are! As a family at AFTLI we are all lucky to be able to train with out any major restrictions as well as compete with the same privilege. I say PRIVILEGE because that’s how we should all see it not everyone has that same opportunity. Some athletes have major restrictions but still find a way to get out and enjoy there favorite sport. That being said today we would like to bring attention to an athlete you have heard about multiple times in the past Ryan Mahlmeiser! Over the past weekend Ryan and his hockey team participated in a game of sled hockey against the Long Island Rough Riders. The Long Island Rough Riders are a team for “differently abled” athletes. We could not be more proud of Ryan for participating in an event like this. Being that he is blessed to be able to play the game of hockey on two skates I am sure having that taken away was a huge eye opener! Everyday as a society we at times take for granted simple pleasures that others have had taken away in the blink of an eye or may have never had. Congratulations to Ryan and the rest of his team for stepping outside their comfort zone and participating in what i’m sure was a very inspirational event.
Congrats to Chaminade JV Football player and AFTLI client, Liam Siegler. Liam has been training hard with us for the past two years. Liam has a great work ethic and always brings the same attitude to the gym. It paid off this past football season when he helped the Chaminade Flyers to a 5-4 record and was named MVP by his teammates. Liam wears number 72 and he plays strong side defensive end. When presenting Liam with the award, the coach said, “Liam caused havoc in the opponents backfield all season long.”
We are extremely proud of you Liam, and this is just the beginning of many achievements in your athletic career. Keep putting in the work!
Today we would like to give a shout out to client Allie Biglin! You probably recognize the last name, as Allie’s older brother Nick is a member of Kentucky’s Division 1 soccer program and is constantly featured in our blog. Allie is currently a sophomore at Kellenberg Memorial High School where she plays on their soccer and lacrosse team. Allie is a dominant two sport athlete with a tremendous work ethic. Allis’s dominance on the soccer field and lacrosse field is no surprise to us here at AFTLI, great athletes just run in the Biglin family. Her hard work on and off the field as recently led to interest from several college lacrosse programs. One of the more recent championships Allis and her teammates the Kellenberg Panthers brought home was in the Marist 77 Mini Lacrosse Tournament. The Panthers traveled to Poughkeepsie, NY and took first place capturing the attention of the head lacrosse coach at the college! Congratulations to Allie and her teammates we will keep you posted on her progress!
Todays shout out goes to Summer Sescilia! Summer has been on her grind the last few years to say the least! Currently Miss Sescilia is representing AFTLI down south in Carolina where she plays on U10 and U11 soccer teams. With the commitment to both her teams summer still makes time to see her goalie coach 3 times per week as well as train to get bigger faster stronger. Most days summer is going right from her speed, agility and strength training to soccer practice. She is finding a way to OUT WORK kids her age and we could not be more proud of her at the facility! Summer we all miss you here and cant wait till you return this Decemember, keep getting better everyday and being GREAT at everything you do!
We wanted to take the time to congratulate long time friend and client Louis Cotrone. Louis has been apart of the AFTLI family before AFTLI even existed, training with owner Jim Schepp in his backyard when he was only 9 years old. Louis played four years for the Holy Trinity Titans and then went on to play football for the Marist Red Foxes where he became a team captain. Most recently Louis signed a contract to play overseas for the Torino Jaguars in Turin, Italy.
Here is a text from Louis to owner / trainer Jim Schepp and trainer John Dunlop…
We are so proud of Louis for obvious reasons but most importantly for his ability to overcome adversity. Through his career as an athlete Louis has seen many ups and downs and sometimes the downs were tough to overcome. Louis always keep pushing through even when it was difficult and at the end it all worked out.
We love you Lou and will always have your back kid. We are beyond proud of you and wish you the best in Italy. Coach Schepp says it the best “The only people who could be prouder is your parents. Real Happy for U!! It’s our past experiences that make us who we are today and your a Better Man because of it!! Make the Most of this Opportunity and Best Wishes!! Love U, Hope to see u soon!!”
Big Congrats to Plainedge’s Davien Kuinlan who rushed for 114 yards to push his career total to 5,878 and kept the Plainedge Red Devils undefeated. During the win against Floral Park yesterday Davien became Nassau’s career rushing leader. Yesterdays win put the Red Devils and an 8-0 record.
Congrats to Davien and the Plainedge Red Devils! Keep up the great work men!