WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri returned to his roots yesterday spending the entire day visiting his alma mater Stony Brook as well as Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.

Algieri started the day off by meeting Dr. Joseph Laver, Chief Medical Officer and Professor of Pediatrics at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. Chris toured the facilities and also met Dr. Joan Alpers, director of Child Life programs at the hospital and embarked on a tour of the hospital eventually meeting some of their pediatric patients in the playroom with Dr. Michael Attard, a Chief Life specialist.

Spending time with the children in the playroom was perhaps the most rewarding part of the day as Chris met with many of the kids who are patients at the hospital. In addition to meeting Long Island’s most recent Champion, the kids were elated to see his championship belt and take pictures with him. Chris spent time talking to the kids and cheering them up.

From there Chris hooked up with Dr. Craig Lehman, Dean for the school of Health, Technology, and Management and Professor of Clinical Laboratory services and concluded his tour with Dr. Andrew Wackett, Assistant Dean for Medical for Medical Education and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine.

Later in the day Chris traveled to his alma mater, Stony Brook University for dinner and took in the Stony Brook-Hartford Division 1 Basketball game.

It was a very rewarding for Chris Algieri who maintains the importance of staying close with the community in which he was raised.

Star Boxing’s Joe DeGuardia, Chris’ promoter had this to say about the day’s activities, “I’m pleased that Chris continues to give back to the community he so loves and cherishes. It speaks volumes of his character and I am proud that he continues to devote his time to such charitable activities. He’s a true champion both in and out of the ring”.

DeGuardia expects that we will see Chris Algieri back in the ring later this spring and expects to make an announcement soon as to his next fight.