WASHINGTON, D.C. – It is the time of year to reflect, to give thanks and to help others out. The Gallaudet University volleyball team has taken that message to heart as the entire team along with their managers has been spending Tuesdays at the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) reading to pre-kindergarten children. In addition to reading to the children, the Bison volleyball student-athletes have made arts and crafts, worked on problem solving skills and had fun playing different activities.
“This experience has been real rewarding for our student-athletes to learn the importance of giving back to the community,” said Gallaudet coach Lynn Ray Boren. “It has been exciting to see the children’s faces when our players walk into the room on Tuesday to spend time with them. We hope to do more with KDES and other community groups in the future.”
Boren said he wanted his student-athletes to show the young children the importance of using a bilingual approach in communicating by signing and reading English. The Bison sent 3-4 people over every Tuesday for a month during the fall semester. Gallaudet finished the 2010 season with a 24-15 record, a NCAA tournament appearance and a North Eastern Athletic Conference championship.