Moynihan doesn't mind stepping out of his comfort zone, and he will step way out of it this month when he heads to Jinja, Uganda, to work with teachers at a school for AIDS orphans. On the 19-day journey, six American teachers will work with educators at the school for grades 1 through 7 to help them actively engage their large classes. As a high school teacher, Moynihan is not used to working with little kids, and he has never been to Africa.

"Just seeing Africa is going to be so awesome," said Moynihan, who spent time in Asia and Europe while in the Air Force. "On our one day off, we get to go rafting on the Nile."

Oh, and he's stowing something away in his luggage — six volleyballs to donate to the school.


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George Petrides, City, football and girls basketball

For nearly 30 years, Petrides has spent his summers at the pool. The coach manages Swan Lake Swim Club, where he has given a lot of city public school students summer jobs.

It hasn't been all work for Petrides over the years. He met his wife of 26 years, Mary Theresa, at the pool when he was an assistant manager and she was a lifeguard. Two of their five children — Christina and Stephanie — also have worked at the pool.

"I enjoy being outside and working with the people. It's a nice swim club, a lot of nice people here. I get to hire lifeguards, and I try to help a lot of the kids from the city schools. I have guards here from Western, Poly, City. I have college kids here. It's just been a good experience," said Petrides, who lets his assistant coaches run the Knights' summer lifting program and fits in a week of family vacation at Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Krystin Porcella, John Carroll, girls lacrosse

Porcella had two vacations planned for August but both ended up in the path of tryouts for the U.S. Under-19 team, which she will coach next summer at the Federation of International Lacrosse Women's U-19 World Championships in Gottingen, Germany.

As for the rest of the summer, "It's never really a summer vacation anymore since you're at a school. We do camps all summer long," Porcella said with a laugh, adding that she will slip in a couple of days of family vacation at Bethany Beach, Del.

Among those lacrosse camps, Porcella will run a new overnight camp at Rocks State Park and a combination camp at John Carroll with lacrosse half the day and field hockey or soccer the other half. She also plays in a pick-up league Wednesday nights at Cedar Lane Park in Bel Air that, like some of her camps, brings back many Patriots lacrosse alums, including Ally Carey and Casey Ancarrow.

Tony Ruocco, Kenwood, football and boys lacrosse

Family time takes up the better part of Ruocco's summer as he plans a lot of trips to the pool, the movies and the library with his daughters Sophia, 7, and Olivia, 4.

"My wife went back to work full time, so that kind of makes me Mr. Mom for the summer," said Ruocco, whose wife, Rachel, is expecting their third child in January.

The family will travel to the Finger Lakes region of New York to visit both sides of the family. Ruocco also will head to Indianapolis for the National Federation of State High School Associations boys lacrosse rules committee meeting, study for his Certified Athletic Administrator exam in July, manage the weight room at Kenwood three nights a week and coach the Bluebirds in a seven-on-seven football league. Still, he said, he should have enough time for a couple rounds of golf a week.

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