On May 4, 2016, The Rising Stars Youth Foundation hosted an event for their student athletes featuring Matt Long. Matt can be described as a firefighter, 9/11 first responder, ironman athlete, accomplished marathoner, but to the Rising Stars kids he will always be known as a hero. The event was held in Brookville, LI for kids from 4th – 12th grades and their families. Rising Stars is a one of kind program that focuses on character- building lessons on and off the court and is a unique organization that exposes kids to all types of educational experiences. Matt was a former Division I Basketball player who played for Iona College and a was determined athlete when he was struck by a 20-ton bus in December, 2005. The participants of the event were inspired by Matt’s story of inner strength and survival, especially when he told our young athletes, “ Your mind will always quit before your body does so when you think you have no more to give, there is always 50% more”.