January Athlete of the Month
We are ready to ring in 2021 on a high note! And, there’s no better way to celebrate a new year than with the honorary “sweetheart” of the Northtown Center at Amherst Rink, Emily Reinhart! Not only has Emily been participating in SABAH for over 26 years (she began skating with SABAH when she was just four years old!), but she also serves as a volunteer for both the School Day program and the Northtown Center at Amherst Sunday morning program. In addition to her contributions as an athlete and a volunteer, Emily serves as a receptionist for the SABAH office, contributes to the organization’s fundraising events, and is one of the most supportive individuals on SABAH’s social media outlets.
In each capacity, Emily adds joy wherever she goes. Always smiling, she has a very angelic face with sparkling blue eyes. But you can’t let that completely fool you! Emily also has a very witty and playful sense of humor. During her Fridays at the office, she enjoys reminding everyone, and most especially Sheila O’Brien, that she is the true boss of the office. To acknowledge that fact, there is a sign on Sheila’s desk that confirms that Emily is the actual leader of the organization.
“Emily makes the day fun for us. The best part of Emily is that she is so tender and sweet that, quite often, her small glints of mischievous humor will take you by surprise. She’s so kind and thoughtful, but she still gets a twinkle in her eye when she is up to something!” states SABAH’s Executive Director Sheila O’Brien.
Emily has also worked diligently over the years to improve her skating skills. With the support of her longtime volunteer partner and childhood friend, Anna Haumeser, Emily has progressed to the most advanced group at the Northtown Center at Amherst program.
As someone who brings such joy to our organization, we are grateful to begin this new year by naming Emily Reinhart as the 2021 January Athlete of the Month!
(While we enjoy this moment to celebrate Emily, we also would like to share our gratitude for the entire Reinhart family! Emily’s parents, Joe and Lisa, as well as Emily’s siblings, Nick (and Samantha), Molly (and Nole) and Noah; and Emily’s grandmother, Barbara Ann Wilhoff (deceased), have all been remarkably supportive of Emily. Additionally, Lisa worked in the SABAH office for many years, only retiring recently. Their love and support of Emily has made her the joyful, strong, and kind young woman that she is today. Yet, in addition to their support of Emily, they also continue to contribute to the organization in innumerable ways, making an incredible impact on all of SABAH’s athletes. On behalf of the entire organization, we remain grateful for their love and support!)