East Hampton High School's athletics program has been recognized by the Aspen Institute's Reimagining School Sports Initiative as the winner of the small suburban schools category. The award comes with a $20,000 grant, the district announced.
East Hampton is "an exemplary and innovative school that grows sports and physical activity participation for all students," Adam Fine, the district superintendent, said in a release. "East Hampton was chosen because of its ability to entice more Latino students to play high school sports and engage with their families."
Spanish-language family meetings and bilingual support staff stood out to the adjudicators, who also recognized that the district hired more Latinx team coaches to provide leadership, representation, and encouragement for students.
An Aspen Institute report titled "Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Develop Every Student Through Sports" also featured Center Moriches High School, Florida Atlantic University High School in Boca Raton, and Sheridan High School in Englewood, Colo. The report can be viewed online at as.pn/SmallSuburbanSchoolSports.