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!!”
Congratulations to long time client and friend, Ed Stephenson. Ed has been apart of the AFTLI family since the very beginning even before we had our facility in Massapequa, training with owner, Jim Schepp. Ed is inspiring to watch in his training and is always up for a challenge. Ed has done our annual “Montauk Ride” the past three years and also plays on our company beach volleyball team in the summer. Ed is always taking part in races and playing in recreational leagues to keep himself active. He has even inspired one of our young trainers, John Dunlop to do his first ever mini triathlon last year.
This past October, Ed has competed in two races, the Mightyman Montauk Triathlon and the Cedar Creek Duathlon. In both races Ed took second place for his age group. We couldn’t be more proud to have Ed as apart of our team and family.
Not only had Ed accompanied us on many events and challenges, he also helped up put together our commercials that you see on TV. Ed is always down to help out and often comes down to our team training to get shots of our young athletes.
This post isn’t only about congratulating Ed on his accomplishments, but also to thank him for his loyalty and for being such a big part of our family here. Thanks for everything Ed. You truly are an inspiration and a great human being.
Keep up the great work brother!
Last year was a particular challenge for Marc at Long Island Lutheran, during the spring he separated his shoulder off the lacrosse field and was limited during the early part of the season. He was able to make it back in plenty of time to play long-pole defense for the LuHi lacrosse team and helped them win the 2014 PSAL championship for their division. Marc didn’t let this set0-back early in the season stop him from what he set out to do at a young age and that’s get better everyday no matter what obstacles were placed in his way! Marc was at our facility as soon as he was cleared by doctors getting his strength back. As well as working relentlessly to get back into the shape he knew he needed to be in to make an impact on the field this up coming spring. (Some pictures included below)
This week we would like to recognize two brothers who have been a part of the AFTLI family for several years. Chris and Marc Slezak come from an athletic family, being that both of their parents played for NCAA D1 teams. Their father played basketball at the American University, and their mother played softball at Fordham University. Today we will take a look at Chris and tomorrow Marc.
Chris has been a 3-sport athlete at Long Island Lutheran, playing football and basketball and running track. On the football field Chris brings a tremendous work ethic to his team, always making an impact while he is in between the lines as wide receiver and safety (one of Chris’s interceptions is featured below).
If LuHi is known for anything on Long Island it is their very talented basketball program where they are always sending players to top college programs across the country. Chris was a member of the JV program his freshman and sophomore years, earning the coach’s award as a sophomore for his tireless work ethic. He definitely takes after his dad while he is on the court (check out the video of Chris at a recent skills camp). We are looking forward to seeing more highlights from Chris at LuHi as well as for his AAU team the Long Island Lighting (one of the top AAU programs on the Island).
During the spring Chris likes to keep up his speed on the track again bringing a relentless work ethic to the LuHi track team, running the 400, 4×400, mile run and steeplechase. We are truly lucky to call Chris one of our athletes here @ AFT! We will keep you posted on Chris’s progress as he continues to give 100% to his school!
Today we would like to take the time out and recognize one of our most accomplished clients, Kathy Flock! Kathy has been training at the facility for a little over a year and in that short time she has reached SEVERAL milestones. Last August Kathy completed her first triathlon ever. Sponsored by Runners edge the Oyster Bay Triathlon was considered a “sprint” which applies to the distance of each leg (.5 mile swim, 12.5 mile bike, 3.1 mile run). After this GREAT accomplishment Kathy set a new goal, which was to travel to Ireland and complete a half Ironman! Just to clarify Ironman sponsored events are the Major Leagues of the triathlon world. The distance for a half Ironman is 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13 mile run (more than double the distance of a sprint triathlon).
After a year of intense training where Kathy battled adversity several times due multiple injuries. Ironman events are so long in duration it takes a lot of volume in an athletes yearly plan just to build the durability in order to go the distance (in short its a lot of wear and tear on your body)! Through this journey Kathy got her self into the best shape of her life and boarded the plane to the homeland! (her maiden name is Moynihan)
On Thursday August 6th, Kathy and her trainer Ryan went on a plane and traveled over 1,000 miles to a foreign country where they absolutely DOMINATED the race! Kathy’s rigorous off season plan got her ready for what she was about to encounter but nothing could of prepared her for the water temperature in Ireland. swimming 1.2 miles in 58 degree water is not something you can train for but that didn’t stop Kathy what pulled her thru was her mental toughness and her relentless pursuit for success! Once the veteran exited the water she got on the bike unfazed and yawned at the 56 miles thru the hills of Ireland. Her transition into the run was flawless where she then finished the race crossing the finish line STRONG! CONGRATULATIONS Kathy!