The William Floyd High School varsity cross country program recently received a $5,000 grant from The Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) to benefit the girls’ and boys’ varsity cross country teams with the purchase of two pairs of brand new athletic trainer running shoes for each student athlete. The GLIRC recently arranged for both teams to visit the Sayville Running Company to get fitted and test out the sneakers of their choosing.
“This grant will have an incredible impact on our program, our athletes and our community,” said John Ryan, head coach of the girls’ varsity program, who visited the Sayville Running Company with boys’ varsity coach Ed Noll, assistant coach Rich Sinclair and both teams for the fitting. “This grant will allow our athletes to wear proper trainers, keep them injury free and allow them to run on a regular basis.” He added that the program is extremely grateful to the GLIRC for their generosity.
“Programs like this are what Greater Long Island Running Club is all about,” said Tracey J. Epstein, GLIRC Board Member and Committee Chair/High School Grant Program. “Our mission is to encourage, promote and foster running at every level. There’s no better way to start than by helping out at the high school level.” Epstein added that this is the third year they have awarded a high school grant with the previous recipients being student-athletes from Brentwood High School and Central Islip High School.