Health Sciences Charter School and Maritime Charter School team up to offer area’s first charter school football program – GO FALCONS!

The high school experience across America is rich with activities that go beyond academics. The arts, social clubs, and athletics help round out classroom learning. Research shows that students who participate in extracurricular activities perform better in high school and college.

In a historic collaboration, the Health Sciences Charter School and Maritime Charter School have announced they are joining forces to offer a football program for the 2018/2019 school year. The boys’ varsity team will be part of the Class A North League.

“This is exciting news for our two schools and a first for the charter school community in Western New York,” said Dr. Hank Stopinski, founding Principal of the Health Sciences Charter School. “Football is all about teamwork and it was a real team effort between our two schools to make this happen.”

Ty Parker and Charlie Comerford will serve as coaches for the new team, which will be named the Falcons. Practices will begin in July at Masten Park. All games will be played at the opponent’s home field for the team’s inaugural season.

Students enrolled at the two schools for the upcoming year are invited to try out for the team. “The Health Sciences Charter School and Maritime Charter Schools have clear areas of academic focus; however, both schools recognize the impact extracurricular activities play in attracting students and enhancing the high school experience,” Stopinski continued. “We look forward to welcoming students who share our academic focus and want to participate in an organized football program.”

The Health Sciences Charter School is now accepting applications for the current school year and the 2018-2019 school year. Get your application in before spots are filled! Lottery will take place on April 10th. For more information, visit or call (716) 888-4080.

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