New Heights Visits Hofstra


On Columbus Day, our New Heights freshmen and sophomores paid a visit to Hofstra University to tour the campus and athletic facilities.  

First, Education Director Denise Harding led our students through an academic workshop. Students completed and discussed the results of a study skills diagnostic, giving them the opportunity to think about their strengths, skills in need of growth and ways to improve those skills. As many of them have hopes of playing college basketball, she emphasized the importance of improving study skills and maintaining good academic performance in order to gain admission.

Next, our students met with Admissions Dean Marie Letterii to learn what was expected to be accepted into a competitive university like Hofstra. It became clear that working hard in school now will pay off big in the future!

Our students also spoke with the Men’s Assistant Coach Mike Farrelly and Women’s Assistant Coach Denise King about the high expectations of a D1 Basketball team, both on the court and in the classroom.

Joel Angus, a New Heights Alum and current Hofstra student, spoke to the student-athletes about making decisions to prepare them for life, not just their basketball careers. As a business student about to graduate, he spoke about the importance of preparing for life after basketball.

Our kids watched the women’s team practice and saw up close the discipline and skill of college athletes. Our student-athletes were excited to see what their futures could look like if they work hard in school and at practice.  

Finally, they toured the campus, including the TV studios in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communications and the trading floors in the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, before heading home after a great opportunity to see the possibilities ahead of them. We are very grateful to the people at Hofstra who helped make this tour possible!