Montverde Academy Boys’ Varsity Basketball team participated in two different philanthropy efforts in February: one with the Florida Special Olympics State Championships, and the other with a Newark, New Jersey, hospital. On Saturday, February 21st, 2015,  the team volunteered for the Florida Special Olympics State Championships that were held at Tavares High School, and the The Big House, both located in Tavares, Florida. The Eagles assisted Special Olympics athletes with special skills training, and one-on-one support and encouragement.  According to Mrs. Emily Long, Director of School and Community service Programming, “…the volunteering effort was an eye-opening experience for many of our students to see the challenges that the Special Olympics athletes overcome in order to participate in a sport that they love.”

When the Eagles squad visited New Jersey last month to play in the Metro Classic, a high-school basketball event held at Kean University (2/13-2/14), located in Union, New Jersey, their participation in the event helped to raise money for the Neo Natal Level 3 intensive care unit of the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.  Mrs. Kelly Boyle, Montverde Academy Center for Basketball Development’s Director of Sales and Marketing, informed Montverde Academy Communications, “…the team was also able to visit to the hospital and meet various hospital officials, and unit doctors. The boys actually toured the unit as well as the pediatric ICU… Ironically,  Brendan (MVA 2014 graduate/MVA PREP post-graduate player Brendan Boyle) was rushed the same hospital the day he was born and they saved his life. It was the first time we had been back since he was discharged. It was also a very emotional for me and my husband (MVA Head-Coach Mr. Kevin Boyle) personally knowing we were actually one of the families they had seen there at one time.”