Student-athlete notes: New Jersey City, Greensboro, Rowan
Student-athletes and coaches from New Jersey City participated for the 10th straight year in the National Education Association's “Read Across America” program, visiting Christa McAuliffe School in Jersey City.
Representatives of the Knights’ men’s and women’s basketball and women’s soccer teams spent more than two hours reading to students at the school, where every student then received a book to take home.
The university’s involvement in the program began in 1998 when now-retired men’s basketball coach Charles Brown and the school’s student-athlete advisory board organized the Knights’ first school visit.
The “Read Across America” program was created in 1997 to focus attention on the importance of motivating children to read and help them to master basic skills. The program’s school readings occur on or near March 2, the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss.
In another community-service project involving New Jersey City student-athletes, members of the softball team recently worked with the Newark chapter of Habitat for Humanity to help frame a new home.
“It was truly a great experience for our girls,” said head softball coach Bridgette Quimpo. “This is something everyone should have the opportunity to be involved in, and for college athletes, it was a great team-building experience, while helping a terrific community organization.”
Greensboro student-athletes conducted activities last week for more than 250 first- and second-graders at a local elementary school during the college’s annual “Youth Sports Day.”
Student-athletes manned stations at Falkner Elementary School, where the grade-schoolers participated in football, baseball, softball, soccer, basketball and cheer activities and played other games.
“It is always great to see the look in the elementary students’ eyes as they approach each station,” said Franco Bari, who advises the college’s student-athlete advisory committee. “Our student-athletes have always been tremendous role models, and I am very pleased with their contributions and ability to create such a fun and memorable experience for the youth in our community.”
This is the seventh year that Greensboro’s SAAC has organized and sponsored the event.
Rowan’s women’s soccer team recently visited the Ronald McDonald House in Camden, New Jersey.
The soccer players played with children and prepared dinners for families staying in the facility, which provides housing and food for families of seriously ill children.
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