VIDEO: Panthers help out to start season

Edgemont Wrestlers participate in their Annual Community Service Day with the Tommie Cares Foundation.

Edgemont Wrestlers participate in their Annual Community Service Day with the Tommie Cares Foundation.

The Panther Grapplers kicked off their 2014-2015 Season the way they always do – by giving back to the community.

This year the Panthers teamed up with the Tommie Cares Foundation. Tommie Cares is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting inclusion and acceptance for children with disabilities through adventure-based activities. Edgemont’s wrestlers got to spend the afternoon with some new buddies at WeeZee World, a play, fitness and learning facility for children located in Chappaqua, NY.

“The Edgemont wrestling team volunteered at this event by buddying up with our participants for the afternoon. They participated in all of our activities together, providing each child with special needs the opportunity to have an amazing day with their peers. Each member of the wrestling team was able to make a difference in our participants’ lives through supporting and encouraging them, but most importantly by giving them a new friend!” said Emilie Latainer, Program Director for the Tommie Cares Foundation.

“It was a great opportunity for us to come together as a team and brighten up the day’s of the kids there,” said junior Max Worobow. “Seeing not only the smiles on the kids faces, but the smiles on the faces of the wrestlers playing with them as well made this the best service trip I’ve been on with this team,” added senior Sam Charnizon. The Edgemont Wrestling Community Service Day has become a program tradition.

“It’s a big part of our Panther Tough philosophy – of trying to create champions on the mat and in life – to give back to the community,” said Head Coach Pete Jacobson.

“This is always a great way to kick off the season. It’s a team-building and bonding experience for the guys, but it also set the tone for the season of living your life the right way and doing the right things,” Jacobson said.

The Panthers are hoping for a lot more good things coming their way this season as they enter as one of the teams in the mix to take home the 2015 Section 1 Championship.

Check out the photo album from the day on Facebook.

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