For Immediate Release: January 21, 2009
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Binghamton women's basketball program reaches out to elementary school students

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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."

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