The latest Health Plus/NY1 Scholar Athlete tackles sports medicine and track records in Sheepshead Bay. NY1’s Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
For many high school athletes, it's just a dream to be able to think about combining sports and academics. For Sheepshead Bay's Mitchell Kun, it's reality. He's in his school's one-of-a-kind sports science program and uses the lessons he learns there on the track, where he's one of the top runners in the city.
“Eating right is the most important thing. Before running I'm usually getting a good pre-night meal such as pasta, carbohydrates, everything that will help me fuel up for game day, then race day,” says Mitchell.
Mitchell's dedication and drive are immediately evident when you meet him. He's the Public School Athletic League's 5,000 meter record holder. He's also an “A” student, but he's quick to credit others for his considerable success.
“My guidance counselor, my coaches, my family, my teammates, my friends, they're all here to support me every day, and that's what really motivates me to keep on going, because you know I can’t do this alone,” says Mitchell.
“What separates him from everybody is he wants to do everything that he does great, it’s not like once in a while he wants to be good. Some kids are good students, some kids are good athletes, some kids do anything. Everything that touches his hands, he does well,” says John Padula, track coach and sports science teacher.
Mitchell's teachers point out that he's quick to help his fellow students, whether it’s on the track team, through his sports medicine internship or through tutoring his peers.
“They admire him. He's the kind of kid that other kids look up to, and that makes him so awesome that he's really a role model,” says Sherry Satchell, guidance counselor.
“Any student who can maintain over a 90 average and also be a star in his athletic career is a special person to begin with, but Mitchell has even more than that because he's so well liked by everybody,” says Reesa Levy, principal.
He's planning to run competitively in college next year and hopes one day to be a professional runner, something he knows he can achieve with hard work.
“I'm out there every day training and listening to my coach, my coaches, and doing my strength training, and I'm also always keeping a positive attitude,” says Mitchell.
So, for finding a perfect way to combine his studies and sports, Mitchell Kun is the latest Health Plus/NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week.