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Rye Neck Father Spearheads Fundraising for Pilot Lacrosse Program

October 7, 2010

The Rye Neck Union Free School District boasts many academic and athletic endeavors for their students to pursue. Lacrosse, however, is not one of them.

Jay Gottlieb, a father of four Rye Neck students, is hoping to change that. In a few short weeks he has raised over $25,000 of the $30,000 the district told him is necessary to fully fund a pilot program for boys’ and girls’ modified teams in the spring of 2011. Now, Gottlieb is hoping to make up the difference as the October 31 deadline for fundraising approaches.

“My oldest son, Daniel, has grown up playing lacrosse in local leagues since he was 7 years old,” said Gottlieb. “He’s in eighth grade now, and lacrosse is over for him without a program. But this is bigger than a few kids. This is the fastest growing sport in America and one that could have 50-60 kids involved every spring. It gives them even better opportunities to get into college, too.”

The proposed program, to be funded entirely through donations, would offer seventh and eighth grade students the chance to play lacrosse this spring. All funds are being held by Gottlieb until the target is met, at which point he will turn them over to the Rye Neck Booster Club Special Purpose Account. If the $30,000 mark is not reached, the money will be returned.

To assist, contact Gottlieb at 917-842-4078 or

Wendy Haft Takes Over as Interim Athletic Director at RCDS

September 21, 2010

For the first time since 1993, Rye Country Day athletics will be without the guidance of Frank Antonelli. The former athletic director oversaw many championship seasons in his time at the school, and was a fixture at sporting events. Antonelli retired to Vermont with his wife, Rye Country Day math teacher Susan Antonelli, at the end of the 2009-10 school year.

There should be no doubt about the present and future of the athletic department, however, as Wendy Haft steps into the role of interim AD. Haft has spent her last 12 years at Rye Country Day, serving as assistant and then associate athletic director. She is a 1988 graduate of Ithaca College, and later went back to the school for her Master’s in physical education and a minor in sports psychology. Haft has also taught physical education at RCDS for the past 12 years.