Introduction of Recipient By Dean Thomas Hernández
Good afternoon and congratulations to all our honored students. The School of Education, Health, and Human Services Outstanding Achievement Undergraduate Award honors a graduating senior with a Brockport GPA above 3.75 and who has made a significant contribution to service or college wide activities.
Coby Albone is just such a student, preparing to graduate with a BS degree in Physical Education, a second major in Consumer Health, and a Concentration in Adapted Physical Education. Coby has earned an impressive 3.87 grade point average. Inspired by his physical education teachers and his Mom who is an educator herself, Coby has shown himself to be an exceptional student and physical educator.
Coby’s Honors College Thesis: The GaGa Ball Pit was the culmination of a project where he fundraised, coordinated, and built a GaGa Ball pit at the Sweden Clarkson Recreation Center. For the uninitiated, the goal of the GaGa Ball pit is to provide a new and exciting way for children and adults, with or without disabilities, to stay physically active within the community.
Coby has also been professional active, serving as President of the Physical Education Majors Club, President of NYS AHPERD Future Professionals Section, as representative for all student members of this professional organization ,at Executive Council meetings. Additionally, he was selected to serve the School of Education, Health, and Human Services’ Leadership Excellence Among Departments group where he worked alongside the Associate Dean of the School and discussed important topics and concerns that the student body has about SUNY Brockport.
Coby’s contributions also include actively working with the Brockport Peer Mentor Program, providing instruction in the Westside Tennis Program, volunteering with Brockport Camp Abilities, coaching soccer in Medina, and assisting coaches in the Rochester Rookies track and field program for athletes in wheelchairs among many others. Additionally, he has been recognized with significant honors, including the New York State AHPERD J.B. Nash Outstanding Major of the Year Award (Fall 2020), the SHAPE America Outstanding Major of the Year Award (Fall 2020), and the SHAPE America Ruth Abernathy Presidential Award (Fall 2020), among many, many others.
Coby has been a commuter student while here at Brockport. While some of his contemporaries told him that commuting might make him miss out on the full Brockport experience, he says he “never missed a beat.” The COVID pandemic challenged this, because he is a student that values experiential learning. Even so, Coby found that his connection to Brockport and his chosen profession remained strong. Most importantly, he says that even throughout this pandemic, he has felt deeply connected to Brockport and to his faculty as professors and mentors.
Coby has some words of wisdom for students just beginning their Brockport experience. He said “just get your feet wet as much as possible, put yourself out there, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.” It is those very things that helped him to be a successful student, and undoubtedly will help him in his professional career.
Upon graduation, Coby plans to stay in the Western New York area to begin his work as a Physical Educator. He will also begin his MS program in Athletic Administration here at Brockport. He is, above all, a truly positive person, and even in challenging times such as these he remains optimistic and excited about the future. It is truly inspiring to talk with someone whose focus and positive attitude frames his professional work. At this time, I am truly pleased to present the School of Education, Health, and Human Services Outstanding Achievement Undergraduate Award to Coby Albone.
Coby Albone, Outstanding Undergraduate Student
The School of Education, Health, and Human Services Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award recognizes the School’s top scholar. To qualify, a student must be a senior who has earned a minimum GPA of 3.75, exhibited a strong master of understanding/ performance element in their discipline, and demonstrated a significant service element related directly to their department or program.
About Coby Albone
Coby Albone is completing majors in physical education and health science with a concentration in adapted physical education teacher education. Coby has achieved an overall GPA of 3.87. Coby is also graduating with Honors, through the Honors College at Brockport. Beyond his studies, Coby was an active member on and off campus, with a variety of interests. He was a member of the Honors College, President of NYS AHPERD Future Professionals Section, President of Physical Education Majors Club, a member of SHAPE America Eastern District Future Professional Fellowship Program, President of Phi Epsilon Kappa Honors Fraternity, a Leadership Excellence Among Departments (L.E.A.D) member, an intern with Cornerstone Ice Arena and Sports Center, a program assistant for the Varsity Girls Lacrosse at Brockport High School, as well as other coaching positions with the Medina Mustangs Youth programs in Soccer and Lacrosse, and was a player within the Niagara Thunderhawks Ontario Lacrosse Association. Coby also was a Brockport Peer Mentor and was active in the local community with groups such as: Brockport Camp Abilities, Junior Eagles Gymnastics Program, Rochester Rookies, Westside Tennis Program and Friday Night Flipout. Coby’s active participation in a wide array of groups on and off campus, gave him the opportunity to be recognized through many awards. These awards include: SHAPE America Outstanding Major of the Year Award (Spring 2021), SUNY Brockport School of Education, Health and Human Services Undergraduate Scholar Award (Spring 2021), New York State AHPERD J.B. Nash Outstanding Major of the Year Award Winner (Fall 2020), SHAPE America Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship Award (Fall 2020), SUNY Brockport Physical Education Outstanding Major of the Year (Spring 2020), SUNY Brockport Foundation Class of 1964 Teaching Scholarship Award (Spring 2020) and Boy Scout Eagle Award Recipient. Alongside the Honors College, Coby successfully completed his thesis with his project, “The Gaga Ball Pit”. He also worked closely with Dr. Lieberman to complete a presentation at SHAPE America titled “Including Children with Visual Impairments or Deafblindness into Physical Education: A Universal Design Approach”. Upon graduation, Coby is going to continue his education at SUNY Brockport to achieve a master’s degree in Athletic Administration. He would like to personally thank everyone at SUNY Brockport, as well as his family, whom have helped to guide him over his years of study.