Craig Pinto, Director of Development, was honored on October 25, 2018 by Nassau County Executive, Laura Curran, for his recent world record of most field goals kicked in one minute. Eleven is the magic number, making this Mr. Pinto’s third world record. Students who are a part of the Global Scholars Program were there to cheer him on as he received his award.
The past world records raised money for the Celiac Center at Columbia University, as well as Mr. Pinto’s Celiac Foundation. His first world record was made in 2010, where he made 717 field goals in two hours. The next was made in 2011, where he made 1,000 in 24 hours. The most recent occurred on Sept. 9, 2018, where he made 11 field goals in one minute. This world record raised money for the renovation of Hessel Hall.
When asked if this experience was different than those in 2010 and 2011,
Mr. Pinto responded “yes.” He said that he liked the experience as a whole better because of the end result. He was determined to raise money for Hessel Hall and felt so connected to making this project happen with his help. The project has already begun with the repainting of the walls. The rest is yet to come.
Mr. Pinto said that “This renovation will help our community”, not in how it impacts the individuals solely, but how we will come together as a whole. Hessel Hall is a place where we all meet to appreciate each other, speakers from the outside community, as well as celebrate the arts.
Mr. Pinto also acknowledged that this was a “different style of fundraiser.” He felt that people were more involved, illuminating the community aspect of the award. When asked how it felt to be honored by County Executive Laura Curran, he responded humbly with “pretty nice.”