Jan. 24, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Members of Florida Atlantic University's men's basketball team and the FAU dance team visited Saint Jude Catholic School to read to the students and stress the importance of lifelong learning.
Men's Basketball Assistant Coach Pete Gash and the student-athletes conveyed the importance of teamwork and practicing skills, especially reading, on a daily basis. They also reinforced the belief that if you try you're best, you are always a winner.
"Nothing is more powerful than helping our future Owls realize the importance of reading and teamwork," said Rebecca Desjarlais, aspiring English teacher and member of the Owl Dance team.
The athletes read to first and second grade students and thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the experience. The students were even serenaded by our own Dance team member Jenna Damiano, who sings the national anthem at many FAU sporting events.
FAU Athletics continue to enrich the community through events like this and encourage student-athletes to give back. Men's basketball players in attendance were D'Andre Johnson, Kelvin Penn and Jackson Trapp. Dance team members that participated were Sheena Twomey, Jasmin Fields, Rebecca Desjarlais and Jenna Damiano.
The event is sponsored by the 2nd and 7 Foundation, which was started by former Ohio State University football players Mike Vrabel, Luke Fickell and Ryan Miller. The purpose of the foundation, a non-profit organization that provides free books and positive role models for kids, is to promote literacy and provide positive role models to young children. FAU is one of seven schools that participate in the program nationwide.