Release: January 21, 2009
Contact: David O'Brian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
basketball program reaches out to elementary school students
VESTAL, N.Y.-- The Binghamton University women's basketball team
took time out of its schedule to visit a pair of elementary schools
in the local area this past week. After going to nearby Theodore
Roosevelt Elementary School last Friday, the Bearcats headed
to Horace Mann Elementary School on Wednesday morning.
"This is a great opportunity for us to give back to the
community," head coach Nicole Scholl said. "It's good
for our players to give these kids an idea of what it is like
being a goal setter and to chase your ambitions."
At each school, the players and coaches followed students around
to different classes, including art, gym and reading. They then
talked to the children about what it is like being a student-athlete
and took time to answer questions.
"We try and be role models
for them," senior center Laura Franceski. "We tell
them what we are all about and inspire them to do well in everything."
"It helps the kids because they usually don't get a chance
to talk to people in college," junior guard Muffy Sadler
said. "It's good for them to have someone to look up to."
While the players and coaches found the visits meaningful, the
same could be said for the staff at the schools.
"It's absolutely thrilling for the children to have the
team here," Horace Mann Elementary School Counselor Glenna
Coutts said. "I hope the kids feel empowered by this visit
because they are important enough that that the team has dedicated
some of their time to spend with them at school. I definitely
hope the team comes back."