By Haley Cotter
One known fact about children in elementary school is that they love Dr. Seuss and his spectacular books. Another is that these children look up to anyone who plays a sport that they love.
Recently at AUM, students from Halcyon Elementary School and Garrett Elementary School were invited to come hang out and enjoy fun games with student-athletes while celebrating Dr. Seuss. “The initial reason was to create excitement for reading,” AUM Cross Country runner Sharlie Brooks said. The student-athletes know the importance of reading and wanted these children to know it too.
On March 2, a number of student-athletes went to Halcyon and Garrett to read to the students in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The athletes chose a book of their liking and were assigned to a classroom to read. Many students were thrilled to see these athletes come and spend a short time of their day with them. “You kind of forget that these kids look up to you, and it’s a great feeling knowing that you made their day,” Brooks said.
Student-athletes left a ticket for each child inviting them to Dr. Seuss Day at AUM. The following Saturday, March 7, children had a fun-filled day as they watched AUM Baseball, AUM Tennis and other games. Students also took photos with Curtiss. Both the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams, along with Men’s Soccer and others volunteered to help with the games and give-a-ways.
Approximately 20 to 25 children showed up for this day. This was the first year of Dr. Seuss Day at AUM, and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee is expecting to do many more. Next year, Brooks suggested that lunch and a bouncy house be provided with a more strategic marketing plan so that many more children will attend.
Photo Courtesy of Haley Cotter