March 9, 2017 - East Coldenham students celebrate differences
East Coldenham Elementary
School’s Character Education Committee hosted Mr. Faizool Ali on Thursday,
March 9. A below the knee amputee, Faiz is two-time member of the National
Wheelchair Basketball Association All-Star team and also a member of the New
York Rollin' Knicks where his team is ranked #1. He is also currently the
Director and Adaptive Sports Coordinator for Ali Adaptive Sports, a sports
program servicing physically disabled youth. EC students and staff
learned about the different types prosthetic limbs, how an amputee manages in
everyday life, and how wheelchair basketball is played.
“One of the goals of the
Character Education program is to foster a culture of acceptance,” said Allie
Riker, East Coldenham’s Student Assistance Counselor and the Character Education program's chairperson. “Faiz impressed upon our
students the importance of empathy and kindness upon meeting anyone who has a
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