Morristown High grad Zach Certner and his autism program featured on Fox TV

New York News

Zach Certner,  who graduated from Morristown High School in June, was featured this week on That’s So Nice, a segment on Fox’s  GoodDay New York  program.

Zach Certner, right, gets graduation congrats from Morristown High Principal Mark Manning in June 2014. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Zach Certner, right, gets graduation congrats from Morristown High Principal Mark Manning in June 2014. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

And rightly so– the SNAP program that he runs has given numerous autistic children a sense of camaraderie and accomplishment. Which is very nice!

SNAP, short for Special Needs Athletic Programs, was started in 2006 by Zach’s older brother Matt. It uses sports to help autistic kids have a more “normal” childhood experience.

“I just love seeing the smiles on kids’ faces when we give them their first trophy, or they make their first basket. It continues to inspire me,” Zach told show hosts Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly.

The MHS basketball standout will be attending Duke University this fall.  His good deeds have earned him $36,000 towards that education, from the Helen Diller Family Foundation. The foundation named Zach a winner of its Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards, which recognizes Jewish teens who have shown leadership in their communities.

MORE ABOUT SNAP

Zach Certner, president of SNAP, with Paige Alenick of Woodcliff Lake,  who is distributing toothbrushes to disadvantaged children, on GoodDay New York.

Zach Certner, president of SNAP, with Paige Alenick of Woodcliff Lake, who is distributing toothbrushes to disadvantaged children, on GoodDay New York.

Sandy Certner with her son, SNAP President Zach Certner, at the College of Saint Elizabeth pool. Photo by Berit Ollestad

Sandy Certner with her son, SNAP President Zach Certner, at the College of Saint Elizabeth pool. Photo by Berit Ollestad



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