Toms River East Football Alumni are producing a new breed of athletes

As we age, especially those of us who play sports, there are days when we wish we could stretch more or train differently, which could extend our playing or racing days while also reducing the chance of injury and pain. grow old

One of the most successful football players to come out of Toms River High School East, Nico Steriti knows these lessons very well.

He put his body on the line day in and day out in practice and during games, and he put up stellar, record-breaking numbers with the Raiders’ running backs and defense at the University of New Hampshire and beyond.

Nico broke school records at TRE with 46 receptions and 2,800 rushing yards and is 8th on UNH’s all-time rushing list with 2,395 yards and 20th with 424 receptions.

“If I get on the poetic side of it, my favorite part of playing the game — I think it was just game day — obviously on game day, if you can perform and have the experience of running on the sideline and hear the wind go by your ears, when you cross the line hear the crowd get loud, yeah, it’s a pretty euphoric feeling as a sport,” Nico Steriti told Townsquare Media on Shore Time with Vin and Dave on 94.3 The Point. 105.7 Sunday Morning Falcon. “I’ve hit home runs, I’ve hit jumpers, I’ve hit triples, I’ve won races, I’ve hit people in football, I’ve had interceptions, they’re all nice, but there’s nothing like taking a home run and scoring a touchdown.”

(Photo: Bill Normile)

(Photo: Bill Normile)

In between the glory came pain, including 12 concussions and 2 shoulder surgeries, including a torn labrum he suffered in college.

“I was ready to die on the field, like, I was okay with it, I played with concussions, labrum tears, high ankle fractures, hip pointers where my abdominal wall was swollen — there are bad sides to it. One wants to talk about it,” Steriti said.

Over the past few years, he’s embarked on a journey of self-discovery to find out what’s next amid the physical, mental and emotional pain he endures every day after playing the game he’s loved since childhood for 17 years. .

A journey that took him around the world brought him back home to Toms River and gave birth to it Steriti Sports School (S3) he imparts his knowledge to young athletes looking to take the next step and to athletes of all ages looking to improve their physical and overall well-being.

Nico and Mario Steriti play at Toms River East High School. (Photo courtesy of Nico Steriti)

Nico and Mario Steriti play at Toms River East High School. (Photo courtesy of Nico Steriti)

“Being a personal trainer – it’s very difficult to reach everyone, your time, your place, all of that, so because I’ve developed a niche as a sports performance and life performance school, ‘SPOGA’ — Sports Yoga — that’s the DNA of what we do. it’s like it’s engraved on your chest,” Steriti said. “Right now I’m in the process of drawing and creating my online exercise program called SPOGA-X, so now through online I’m going to have the goal guru’s meditation, breathing techniques, sports minded movements, training in the elements, hills, beach, water, grass, lawn, all these variations. i will shoot professionally on my website through my online app and it’s finally in the process of becoming an app in the app store.”

The goal is much more than that, it will be something that will change you forever.

“My goal is to pass on this knowledge to an athlete that is empty for me when my career is over, there wasn’t a sports-minded person who played at a high level and put something in my face to help my mental health as an athlete. And as a person, it wasn’t there,” Steriti said. “Now, I’ve been through what I’ve faced as an athlete and post-career mental health – hospitalized for mental health, five days a week as an outpatient for 3 months for mental health – these are worlds that young Nico never knew, these are worlds that high school/college Nico would have laughed at, but these are adults These are the worlds that Nikon must traverse.”

Before going to S3, his post-football journey led him to writing and then to travel, which not only formed the basis of what he taught athletes, but who he is now.

(Photo credit: Hollie Santo)

(Photo credit: Hollie Santo)

“I studied with a yogi for 13 days at his home in the Himalayas, I didn’t just go to a yoga studio and get a certificate, I’m not discounting it, but when I was on my way and I wondered, ‘What is this yoga,’ I was drawn to India, I was drawn to Nepal, there was an energy that was not there and in the notion of formalizing yoga,” Steriti said. “Here it’s like a telephone line, there’s a telephone line from the eastern world to the western world, and on that telephone line it’s commercialized, it’s profitable.”

For Niko, there’s more to it than just physically existing as an athlete, it’s about taking the time to realize who you are as a person and what you’re willing to do to become better inside and out. focusing on the really important things like stretching properly, breathing, resting, taking care of yourself before, during and after the game, which in turn will make you better on the field.

“It’s not a method, it’s a message, it’s not a cure, it’s a drug, and in medicine, healing is where you find yourself, and that’s kind of what happened to me,” Steriti said. .

You can listen to the entire interview with Niko Steriti, owner of S3 Steriti Sports School, on Shore Time with Vin and Dave here.

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