May 14, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- Members of the New Mexico women's basketball team visited Lew Wallace Elementary Thursday and spent time talking about the importance of going to college with students from Mrs. Marrujo's second grade class. Lobo senior Amanda Adamson, junior Valerie Kast and freshman Sara Halasz spoke to the second graders about the importance of an education and the opportunities that are available with a degree. The Lobos took part in Mrs. Marrujo's Community of Learners through Teamwork Program.
"I think it's wonderful to have these ladies come out and be role models for our students," said Mrs. Marrujo. "We are a college town and we are trying to talk to the students about their futures and just finishing high school isn't it. Many of these students will have an opportunity to go on to college and to have someone talk about the differences is a great influence. Although the kids are still young it helps to know where these ladies are coming from."
The Lobos answered questions for an hour from the students while cracking jokes and making friends. New Mexico is one of many sports programs to visit Mrs. Marrujo's class over the last three years in hopes to make a difference in a young person's life.
"Every year we strive to build upon teamwork and community," said Mrs. Marrujo. "We have brought in sports figures from around town and it has had a big impact on the students. We talk about in order to play sports you need to rely on your education. It's not all about making the NBA or the NFL. It's going beyond that and having your education as a backup."
The program is designed to make an impact on the students as well as the collegiate athletes. Through the Community of Learners Program it helps build teamwork qualities and sportsmanship.
"This is a great experience because we get to touch little hearts throughout the community," said Kast. "We get a glimpse into what they are doing and we share our experiences. I would love to see at least one of these students want to go to college and do greater thing with their lives."
Overall, it was a fun and exciting morning for the Lobos despite the tough questions.
Below are just a couple of questions from the students to the Lobos.
How big is your brain?
And do you do anything fun in college like make puppets?
When introducing themselves, many of the students mentioned recess and free time as their favorite subjects.