A three-sport star from William Floyd High School has received Long Island Beach Radio 101.7’s Thomas Cutinella Memorial Foundation Service Award.
Jezayd Hall, a senior on the lacrosse, football and wrestling teams, was honored by the radio station last month and featured in a live interview on the radio station. The award is given in honor of Thomas Cutinella, a 16-year old Shoreham-Wading River High School student-athlete who suffered a fatal injury in a 2014 football game.
Long Island Beach Radio gives the award as part of its “Tour for 54” efforts of recognizing high school students or programs that exemplify the characteristics of kindness, modesty, selflessness and care for their community and others.
Jezayd, a lacrosse midfielder who won 76 percent of his face-offs last season, has also earned numerous honors in wrestling and football during his time at William Floyd. An excellent student, Jezayd has committed to play NCAA Division I lacrosse at Albany.
Jezayd volunteers at local youth league sports clinics, teaching skills to younger players.
During his interview with Long Island Beach Radio, Jezayd said, “I know that since I was young my time would come, because of the amount of work I put in,” regarding his opportunity to play at Albany (see the entire interview below).
“Jezayd Hall epitomizes character, leadership and the team-first mentality,” said Desmond Megna, head coach of the William Floyd’s varsity lacrosse team. “He has always done what I ask of him, regardless of how it may affect any personal goals or achievements, in an effort to provide his teammates with increased chances for success.
“To Jezayd, the success of the team and his teammates is more important than any personal accolades,” Megna added.
Past William Floyd recipients of the Thomas Cutinella Memorial Foundation Service Award include the William Floyd High School Interact Club in 2017, the William Floyd High School NJROTC in 2018 and high school senior Thomas Verga in 2019.