Central Islip, NY - On Sunday, April 19 local children gathered at the C.W. Post campus in Brookville, NY for a day of fitness and fun with student-athletes at the inaugural ECC Fitness Challenge.
Student-athletes from ECC institutions joined forces to help teach children ages 5-12 from across the island the importance of fitness and healthy living. With stations entitled "Coconut Kick-off" and "Simon Says Kickboxing," the event was focused on teaching aspects of fitness while engaging children in enjoyable activities.
Healthy lunches were provided by Subway and Aramark and all attendees were invited to stop by the softball field after the event to watch the C.W. Post Pioneers host the Adelphi Panthers in ECC softball action.
About the ECC
Founded as the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference in 1989 and rechristened the East Coast Conference in July 2006, the ECC was formed to enhance intercollegiate athletic competition among member institutions and to assist them in integrating athletics into their academic program in a fiscally sound way. The ECC is committed to the highest standards of scholarship, sportsmanship, teamwork, and citizenship. Its mission is to promote the total person concept in its student-athletes, which stresses the abilities to excel in academic achievement, athletic competition, and positive character traits. East Coast Conference (www.eccsports.org) members for 2008-2009 include: Adelphi University (Garden City, NY); University of Bridgeport (CT); Concordia College (Bronxville, NY); C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University (Brookville, NY); Dowling College (Oakdale, NY); Mercy College (Dobbs Ferry, NY); Molloy College (Rockville Centre, NY); New York Institute of Technology (Old Westbury, N.Y); Queens College (Flushing, NY); and St. Thomas Aquinas College (Sparkill, NY).
The ECC sponsors the following championship sports: baseball; men's and women's basketball; men's and women's cross country; men's and women's lacrosse; softball; men's and women's tennis; men's and women's soccer; and women's volleyball.
The East Coast Conference is a proud member of the NCAA and Division II. Division II is a dynamic and engaging group of colleges, institutions and conferences of varying sizes and educational missions. Division II members encourage and support diversity; value sportsmanship, fairness and equity; and place the highest priority on the overall educational excellence of the student-athlete.