Elite athlete Matt Long inspires Rising Stars

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 Matts 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”. 

Matt and Girls Teams[33]





Matt_8th Grade Team[28]



Matt and Dan[28]