The net proceeds from the preceding five Events have been directed to the Peter Cernansky Memorial Fund Inc. (PCMFund)* for:

  • Counseling and youth academic development initiatives at Westhill High School (WHS) as a prototype for program development involving: 
    • Adaptation of National Football Foundation's “Play It Smart” Program (developed & validated by Dr. Al Petitpas: Director, Springfield College Center for Youth Development & Research)
    • Use of Athlife Foundation's platform for staff training & counseling development. This has led to creation of Westhill HS (WHS) PurplePACT (PPACT), which stands for Players' Academic Counseling & Tutoring.
    • PPACT has initiated specific mentoring, tutoring, test preparation, study-hall and counseling initiatives per AthLife Foundation methodology. Westhill HS Coaches Frank Marcucio and Joseph DeVellis adapted the AthLife methodology to PPACT, drafted the initial PPACT documentation & charter/mission and initially implemented PPACT.
    • Integration of counseling prototype effort with Stamford high schools reform initiative with emphasis on transition from middle to high school. See below further explanation.**
    • Effective March 2016, the Stamford Board of Education has approved a grant process whereby the Peter Cernansky Memorial Fund Inc. grants pre-reviewed & approved funds towards a budget for WHS directed to the AthLife Foundation.  AthLife Foundation then contractually grants the funds to WesthillHS and inter-acts/ oversees directly the WHS PPACT program per pre-established criteria. An 'academic coach' has been retained working under a WHS Assistant Principal; both  are visiting other schools which participate with AthLife for further AthLife model edification and adaptation to the WHS effort.  There was the expectation that this will expand to Stamford HS (which occurred) and possibly the 8th grades of some or all Stamford middle schools (funding dependent in part; see exploratory initiative at Cloonan MS**).
    • In school year 2016-17 Westhill HS football coach Frank Marcucio served as athletic administrative intern at WHS for Stamford Public Schools. During this internship Coach Marcucio oversaw:
      • PPACT expansion to include all sports at WHS (with intention of involving all WHS extra-curricular activities eventually).  The preceding was conducted under the guidance of former WHS Principal Camille Figluizzi and Assistant Principal Chase Dunlap, and
      • Initiation of the Stamford HS 'sister' program to WHS PPACT named "KnightLife" (which PCMFund helped seed).  KnightLife's creation was overseen and guided by SHS Principal Ray Manka and Assistant Principal Matt Forker.
    • During the 2017-18 school year, PCMFund and Stamford Public Schools began to work with Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) to secure a consistent funding and programming model for the WHS PPACT and SHS KnightLife initiatives.  Additionally, work began on a Stamford middle school-to-high school mentoring initiative (**) started at Cloonan Middle School.  Under the oversight of Cloonan MS Principal David Tate, SPEF specialists trained senior Westhill HS football student athletes on how to mentor Cloonan 8th graders about the Westhill HS experience.  These WHS football seniors were 2nd place winners of the of the Coach Jason Garret Starfish Charities "Make A Difference Challenge" (present head coach of the Dallas Cowboys) in partnership with AthLife Foundation.  WHS Coach Marcucio was named AthLife Foundation Regional Program Captain to assist the now dual WHS and SHS AthLife Foundation program efforts in PPACT and KnightLife, as well as the Cloonan MS mentoring initiative.

  • Initiate scholarship(s) in Peter's name with focus on various applicant criteria in keeping with the Peter Cernansky Memorial Fund mission (e.g., Westhill HS Academy of Finance scholarship); see www.pcmfund.org.  
  • Westhill & Stamford HS (and where feasible, Stamford Youth Foundation Football) quarterback development via Five Star Quarterback Training LLC (Coach Travis Meyer).                            
  • Assist Stamford Youth Foundation/Football (SYF) with middle school football & cheer transition to high school.  Westhill HS, via the PPACT effort, pays for interested SYF football coaches GLAZIER Coaching Clinic attendance and ongoing on-line access.  Each year PCMFund has made contributions to SYF. 

  • Contribution made to AthLife Foundation in the past to help fund Bay Area YMCA (California) AthLife program initiative (e.g., in less than 48 hours over 70 high school boys & girls signed up for program participation)

  • PCMFund has made contributions to fund AthLife program efforts involving: (1) the Bay Area YMCA working within Burton HS in San Francisco, California (2 years running) and this past year for two high schools in Ohio: for (2) Canton McKinley HS (which recently merged with another public HS to become the consolidated HS for Canton) and (3) Sandusky HS. Please note that PCMFund receives contributions from all across the United States including California and Ohio.
  • PCMFund has made contributions to Stamford PEACE, a Stamford-based academic development initiative directed to middle school (and primary and high school level as well) basketball team league participants.
  • PCMFund is exploring initiatives with Stamford's Yerwood Center and Boy's and Girl's Club which fit PCMFund's mission of helping all students transit adolescence with particular focus on the 8th, 9th and 10th grades.
               
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    * Peter Cernansky Memorial Fund Inc. (PCMFund) was created in Fall of 2013 and has administered net proceeds payments related to the past five (5) Events (e.g., primarily providing funds for the development & establishment of Westhill HS Purple PACT program). PCMFund, the Event sponsoring legal entity, was deemed an organization exempt under Code section 501(c)(3) and a public charity with effective date of exemption November 6, 2013 for contribution deductibility. The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection deems PCMFund a registered Public Charity per annual renewal.                                    See www.PCMFund.org for more information.
     
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