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June 6th, 2012

Red Bulls’ Street Team visits students at Highland schools

Victor Miranda, a member of the New York Red Bulls’ Street Team, performed some complex moves during a demonstration at Highland Elementary school.
Highland - With June fast approaching, students will soon be trading in their textbooks for idle summer days. If parent Carole CrimiVaroli has her way though, students will be unplugging their computers and video games, and getting fit.

CrimiVaroli, who has four children in the Highland Central School District, recently arranged for the New York Red Bulls’ Street Team to visit all three Highland School locations in an effort to promote interest and enthusiasm for being active. The captivating ball tricks and student participation during the visit generated enthusiasm from both students and teachers.

The New York Red Bulls’ Street Team consists of talented amateur soccer players that do exhibitions throughout the tri-state area. The Neck Stall (a move that allows players to lean prone to the ground and catch the ball on the nape of their neck), juggling the soccer ball with their thighs and feet, as well as balancing and catching the soccer ball on their heads, were just some of the tricks demonstrated by the young athletes.

“The inspiration came when we began looking at our own children. Their friends would come over and they were playing with Wii games,” said CrimiVaroli, whose own children are involved in local sports. She explained that the purpose of the special visit was all about motivating the students to get up and move.

The team, which included Tyler Masterson, Gabriel Luzbet, Juan Pablo Ramirez, Larry Geraghty, and Victor Mirandawas, was sent off with cheers and clapping from the students, as well as with CrimiVaroli’s gratitude.

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