B’ville man receives state award

F-M director of physical education and athletics demonstrates devotion to athletes

Baldwinsville's Rich Roy receives NYSSA award

Baldwinsville's Rich Roy receives NYSSA award

— “There were a lot of nuances that presented themselves as the sport continued to grow. Eye safety was one of them,” he said.

Roy created the committee after a member of the F-M girls’ lacrosse team received a severe eye injury. He was concerned a similar injury could happen again. The committee ultimately recommended that each school could use its own discretion whether to require goggles for girls’ lacrosse, which F-M did. Students playing boys lacrosse already wore helmets.

“We were told that there was no approved product by the state for eyewear specifically for girls lacrosse,” Roy said. “We examined the situation, came up with a product, and two years later the State Athletic Association mandated that same product for all of girls lacrosse statewide.”

While Roy served as president of the Onondaga High School League, the league restructured the rules governing modified sports to guarantee and expand playing time for all students. That change was later adopted by all of Section III Athletics.

Scott Sugar, who chairs the NYSAAA awards committee, said Roy was selected to recognize his many successful years of service to the F-M School District and also Section III Athletics.

“Rich has been one of the leading administrators in Section III for a long time,” Sugar said.

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