Mary Anne Jules, a former Bridgehampton School gym teacher and athletic director, remains in Stony Brook University Hospital, recovering from serious injuries suffered when she was struck by a work van while jogging on Blank Lane in Water Mill early August 26.
Ms. Jules, 61, reportedly suffered a broken hip, a punctured lung, and head injuries in the accident. She was airlifted from the scene to the hospital.
A dedicated fitness enthusiast, Ms. Jules has been a common sight for years on her regular morning run along Montauk Highway, Scuttle Hole Road, and backroads in the Water Mill and Bridgehampton area.
News of her injuries brought an outpouring of good wishes from former colleagues and students as well as friends on the East End.
One former student, Nia Dawson, who will be a senior at Baruch College in New York City this year, took it a step further, launching the “Ms. Jules Challenge” on Facebook, in which she encourages friends and well-wishers to drop to the floor and knock out 20 pushups to encourage their former teacher in her recovery.
Ms. Dawson graduated from Bridgehampton High School in 2017. She said she and Ms. Jules, who retired in 2014, kept in close contact over the years. “She helped me through my struggles as a student-athlete,” she said. “She would always shoot me a text and encourage me. We had a bond. As women in athletics, it’s always good to find a mentor.”
Bridgehampton is a small school that currently only has a boys basketball team. Its students participate in sports through other schools. Ms. Dawson said that even in retirement, Ms. Jules made it a point to attend her games, just as she did those of every other student-athlete.
“I don’t know how she was at my matches and at everybody else’s matches, too,” she said. “I think she must have cloned herself.”