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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                             
July 26, 2012

NYC COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS, THE NY CENTER FOR INTERPERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, and VICTORY ARCHERS HOST PLAYING FAIR: UNITY THROUGH ARCHERY ON STATEN ISLAND, A TOLERANCE AND RESPECT WORKSHOP FOR STATEN ISLAND YOUTH
National Competitor and Coach Larry Brown is Featured Speaker

NYC Human Rights Commissioner/Chair Patricia L. Gatling, New York Center for Interpersonal Development (NYCID) Executive Director Dominick Broncato, and Victory Archers President Vincent Babino today hosted a tolerance and respect workshop for 25 young adults from Staten Island.  National tournament archery competitor and Coach Larry Brown was the featured speaker at the event that emphasized individual and team effort, equality, and playing fair. 

Joining Commissioner Gatling, Mr. Broncato, Mr. Babino, and Coach Brown were NYC Council Member Debi Rose, and President of the Staten Island Branch of the NAACP Ed Josey. 

The event, entitled Playing Fair: Unity Through Archery on Staten Island, provided students from NYCID’s Graduate, Prepare & Succeed (GPS), El Centro de Hospitalidad, and various other programs and schools with the principles that underlie the NYC Human Rights Law – tolerance, human dignity, and respect.  The event also brought together students from the African-American, Albanian, Korean, Latino, and Russian communities, through the recently popularized sport of archery, where they received a lesson and practice session at the Victory Archers range.  The students ranged in age from 10 through 18.

“Today’s event -- Playing Fair: Unity Through Archery on Staten Island -- is a wonderful opportunity for students from different communities and backgrounds to learn more about each other and build a strong foundation of living and working together in harmony,” said NYC Human Rights Commissioner Patricia L. Gatling.  “The international language of sports helps accomplish these goals by putting individuals on a level playing field.  I want to thank NYCID and Victory Archers, our partners in this successful event, as well as Coach Brown, who has been an inspiration to today’s students.”

 “The values of our work are based on respect, equality, and playing fair and that appears to be what today is about,” said NYCID Executive Director Dominick Broncato.  “We are thrilled to partner with the NYC Commission on Human Rights and Victory Archers in this timely event as the Olympics are opening.”

“We at Victory Archers are pleased to offer the students a chance to learn the sport of archery and to come together to learn as a united group,” said Victory Archers President Vincent Babino.

“Archery is only part of what I want to accomplish with my young students, including today’s participants,” said national tournament archery competitor and coach Larry Brown.  “Success extends far beyond tournament wins.  It begins with instilling good values and setting high expectations that I expect all my students to meet.”

Prior to the event, Commission staff members from the Staten Island Community service center provided students with information on the NYC Human Rights Law, which prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.  Students also received an archery lesson and tips from Coach Larry Brown, Victory Archers President Vincent Babino (certified Bow Hunter Instructor), and instructors Joe Strcich and Pete Buccellato.

 Commissioner Gatling also thanked Victory Archers for providing lunch for the students.


About the New York City Commission on Human Rights
The New York City Human Rights Law is one of the most comprehensive civil rights laws in the nation. The Law prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including gender identity and sexual harassment), sexual orientation, disability, marital status, and partnership status. In addition, the Law affords protection against discrimination in employment based on arrest or conviction record and status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses. In housing, the Law affords additional protections based on lawful occupation, family status, and any lawful source of income. The City Human Rights Law also prohibits retaliation and bias-related harassment, including cyberbullying. For more information on the Commission’s programs and services, please visit www.nyc.gov/cchr or dial 311.

About the New York Center for Interpersonal Development
Founded in 1970, NYCID provides youth, community, and professional development programs, and dispute resolution services that educate and inform participants about constructive problem solving, effective communication, violence prevention, and intellectual awareness.

About Graduate, Prepare & Succeed
Through funding from the United Way, the Port Richmond High School students participate in activities designed to improve their attendance and academic performance.  Core services provided by NYCID staff are academic support, attendance outreach, guidance counseling, and family involvement.

About Coach Larry Brown
Coach Brown was only one of a few African-Americans when he began competing nationally in Olympic Tournament Archery.  Although he still competes and holds many tournament titles, he became a successful archery coach at Columbia University before turning his attention to young City students.  Today he teaches archery to NYC students of all ages at schools throughout the City, where he stresses the importance of academic success, hard work, pride, and team spirit.  He also founded Center Shot Archers in 2008 as a location for young archers to meet and grow, develop their archery skills, and become world-class competitors.

Contact:
Betsy Herzog/CCHR  212.306.7530 or 347.723.0938 c
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