For Immediate Release
March 1, 2013
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BROCKPORT, N.Y.— Cheers and laughter filled the gymnasium on Friday, March 1, as first-grade students from Rochester School No. 43 played games with student athletes from The College at Brockport, State University of New York. More than 30 student-athletes read books and played games with 90 first-grade students. "The Giant READ" program, in its third year, is a community outreach opportunity for student-athletes to promote reading and healthy choices.
“It’s important to understand that as a student-athlete, it’s not just about how they represent themselves in class and on the field, it’s important to get into the community and act as good role models,” said Liam Welsh, assistant to the athletic director.
School No. 43 Principal Rick Smith couldn’t stress enough the importance of this program to his students. “Our main focus here is reading, fitness and having fun, and this event ties it all in,” said Smith. The school is part of the Rochester City School District.
Brockport Athletics, along with the Drake Memorial Library, provided each student with their own copy of Loose Tooth by Ezra Jack Keats. “It was excellent,” said Myiah, age 6.
Each student-athlete read to a few students at a time. “My favorite part was when the students read to me,” said senior softball player Kayla Ladd.
Student-athletes gave their time, realizing the importance of their efforts. “I chose to do this to represent my team and give back to the community,” said junior football player Matt Zakian, whose favorite book as a first-grader was Clifford the Big Red Dog.
“After this event, I hope the kids continue with reading and healthy lifestyle choices,” said freshman basketball player Erin Cunningham.
Student-athletes and the Brockport Student Athlete Advisory Committee work to give back to the community through a variety of volunteer and fundraising efforts throughout the year.
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