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Rivertown Magazine is delighted to share this month’s scholar-athlete: Eric Bullard, a senior at Nyack High School. Eric has participated in varsity football, lacrosse, wrestling, and ski team and received the football team’s Ironman Award.
Eric is a member of the National, Art, and Math Honor Societies, qualifies for the principal’s list, and has high honor roll. As a volunteer tutor, member of both Heroes and Cool Kids and Students Opposing Starvation, and the head of technology at his church, Eric enjoys being an active member of his community. He will be attending Northeastern University to pursue Computer Science and Physics.
Athletic Director Joe Sigillo shares, “Eric is a selfless leader who puts others before himself. We cannot wait to see what the future holds, as we know Eric will reach remarkable heights.”
How do you motivate yourself?
“I’d say my motivation is mostly intrinsic. I just remind myself that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and I just have to keep pushing no matter how hard something gets. Even if it means putting in that extra work, I’m willing to do it to become the best version of myself possible.”
What is the most rewarding part of athletics for you?
“For me, the most rewarding part of athletics is just the way it makes me feel. That feeling after a big win over a rival, after scoring a touchdown, after making a big stop on defense, is simply unmatched. Also, the friendships and team bonding I’ve had through sports is so valuable, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
Who has inspired you, helping you to stay focused to meet your goals?
“My family and coaches have inspired me the most. They have pushed me to be a great player on the field, but more importantly a good student and man off the field.”
How would you describe your experience as a student-athlete in one sentence?
“I would describe it with the quote: ‘The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory.’”