Bridge Program

Nearly eight million students currently participate in high school athletics in the United States.  More than 480,000 compete as NCAA athletes, and just a select few within each sport move on to compete at the professional or Olympic level.  The advantages of competing in college sports are both immediate and lifelong. Participating in college sports provides opportunities to learn, compete and succeed. Student-athletes receive top-notch academic support, quality medical care and regular access to outstanding coaching, facilities and equipment. Student-athletes as a group graduate at higher rates than their peers in the general student body and feel better prepared for life after college.  College-bound student-athletes preparing to enroll in a Division I or Division II school need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to ensure they have met amateurism standards and are academically prepared for college coursework.  Incoming student-athletes in Divisions I and II are subject to academic initial-eligibility standards, which take into account standardized test scores, number of core courses taken in high school and the grades earned in those core courses. In addition to NCAA requirements, they also must also meet the unique acceptance requirements of the university they plan to attend (those requirements may exceed NCAA standards).  When do we begin to prepare our student-athletes so that they are in compliance with NCAA guidelines?


The Student-Athlete Bridge Program is designed to assist student-athletes make the transition from middle school to high school.  Incoming freshmen have to deal with many new challenges on and off the court.  The Bridge Program will introduce student-athletes to relevant topics that will teach them practices and habits they can use during their high school years.  Student-Athletes who enter the Student-Athlete Bridge Program will be tracked throughout high school to ensure that IF an athletic scholarship is offered, then they will be in a position to accept the scholarship because they are in compliance with the NCAA.


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Bridge Program participants will gain and develop leadership skills throughout their experience in the Bridge Program.  Programs designed specifically for each of their four years will ensure that student-athletes leave high school with a strong sense of self and leadership potential as they continue on to the next level of their education.


Positive Impact New York and the Bridge Program as a whole are dedicated to providing exceptional services for all participants. Through a variety of programs and opportunities, Bridge Program student-athletes gain the skills and confidence needed to excel in the classroom and beyond. We are dedicated to the development of our student-athletes as whole persons, with the ultimate goal of graduating high school and matriculating to college.


The Bridge Program will assist its student-athletes in achieving athletic success. Topics such as training, nutrition, effort will be discussed to provide student-athletes with a definition of athletic success that is motivating, controllable and will encourage our student-athletes to enjoy their athletic experience and inspire them to strive towards their goals with commitment, confidence and courage.


The Bridge Program does not end after high school graduation. Positive Impact New York along with the Bridge Program works to ensure that our student-athletes have an open line of communication as they go though their journey and are prepared for college graduation. This includes major exploration, skill-building, networking, interviewing, experiential learning as well as any advice needed dealing with the athletic experience.





Student-athletes will enter the Bridge Program while still in middle school.  We believe that this is the most important year in the academic and athletic process.  All 8th grade student-athletes will be required to participate in the PINY Bridge Symposium that will utilize workshops, guest speakers, self-reflection and small group discussion to assist in helping the student-athletes effectively lead themselves during their transition year into high school.


The Bridge Program will assist in helping first year student-athletes effectively lead themselves during this transition year in high school.  The Learning to Lead element of this program focuses on Effective Transition Skills, Role Acceptance, Being a Good Teammate, and Initial Leadership Development.  Freshmen will continue to participate in the PINY Bridge Symposium and continue building their skills towards high school graduation and a possible athletic scholarship.


During their sophomore year, the Bridge Program will look to help sophomores begin to explore and understand their roles as future team leaders through activities that challenge them individually and in groups.  Sophomores will continue to participate in the PINY Bridge Symposium and continue building their skills towards high school graduation and a possible athletic scholarship.


During the junior year, the Bridge Program centers on preparing juniors to take on future leadership roles within their teams.  Topics include Core Values, Leadership Self-Evaluation, Being an Effective Leader, Developing a Leadership Plan, Role of the Leader and Team Relations. Academically, we will review transcripts and begin the college application process.