Amityville Graduate Gets Call to Paralympics

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The Amityville Union Free School District is pleased to announce that recent graduate Tysheem Griffin will be a participant in the 2016 Paralympic Games, which will be held in Rio following the Summer Olympics.

Tysheem, a member of Amityville Memorial High School’s class of 2016 and standout track athlete, has qualified to take part in the 400-meter race during the games, which will be held from Sept. 7-18. He was selected as a member of Team USA by the U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee.

Last year, Tysheem competed in the 2015 International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability (INAS) Global Games held in Ecuador. He placed first in the 200-meter race finale, and second in the 100-meter dash. In Amityville, he was a member of the track team under the direction of coach Reynolds Hawkins.

This past year, Tysheem set the Suffolk County Division III Boys’ Spring Track and Field record in the 400-meter dash.

“We are thrilled that Tysheem, who has always represented Amityville so well, will now have the opportunity to proudly represent our nation at the upcoming Paralympic Games,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary T. Kelly. “He is an outstanding athlete and a wonderful young man who has worked hard for this fantastic and well-deserved opportunity. We are rooting for him and know that he will do well!”