The Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame was a proud partner of the Section XI Nick DeCillis Student-Athlete Leadership Conference.
The conference was organized by Center Moriches Athletic Director Jeremy Thode and featured 500-plus student-athletes and 100-plus admins, teachers, and coaches from across Suffolk County.
Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame President Chris R. Vaccaro was a featured speaker. He offered insight into building community pride and spirit and the importance of community engagement.
Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame inductees Marty Lyons and Joe Spallina were also presenters. Lyons, the former Jets great, spoke about servant leadership. Spallina, the women’s lacrosse coach at Stony Brook, spoke about overcoming adversity. Section XI Executive Director and Suffolk Sports Hall of Famer Tom Combs offered opening remarks to kick off the day.
DeCillis, a former longtime athletic director at Middle Country and an administrator at Section XI for which the conference is named is also an inductee of the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame.