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Badgers Give Back: Saturday Heroes visit 4th graders

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Players on Middleton's fourth grade football team received a few special visitors on Monday night--UW football players Tyler Dippel, Bryce Gilbert and Brendan Kelly.

The trio stopped by the team's football practice to show the 11-and-12-year-olds a few moves and inspire them. All defensive linemen, the student-athletes worked primarily with Middleton's defense.

"I think the kids learned more in the 45 minutes that their 'Saturday Heroes' coached them than we have taught them during the last three years," said coach Grant Stousland.

For the Badger student-athletes, it was an opportunity to reminisce on a time before UW Football.

"It brought back a lot of good memories about why I started playing the game of football--for the fun," said Dippel. "We had a great time. The kids were a lot of fun." 


Badgers Give Back: Football

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Players on Middleton's fourth grade football team received a few special visitors on Monday night--Men's Football players Tyler Dippel, Bryce Gilbert and Brendan Kelly.

The trio stopped by the team's football practice to show the eleven- and twelve-year-olds a few moves and inspire them. All defensive linemen, the student-athletes worked primarily with Middleton's defense.

"I think the kids learned more in the 45 minutes that their 'Saturday Heroes' coached them than we have taught them during the last three years," said coach Grant Stousland.

For the Badger student-athletes, it was an opportunity to reminisce on a time before UW Football.

"It brought back a lot of good memories about why I started playing the game of football--for the fun," said Dippel. "We had a great time. The kids were a lot of fun." 

Football players return to roots for elementary school visit

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Three freshmen on the Wisconsin football team made a special visit to their hometown of Waunakee, Wis., to inspire elementary students at the Prairie Elementary School's all-school assembly on Wednesday

Derek Straus, Austin Maly and Jack Russell surprised more than 100 students when they walked into Prairie Elementary School's gymnasium Wednesday morning. During the half hour assembly, they answered questions about the importance of academics, goal setting, and balancing athletics with their studies.

"I remember when I was younger, in that same school, some badger players came to talk to us and I was just in awe by them," said Straus. "To get the opportunity to do the same thing for all those kids was a great feeling. It's important to me to remember where I'm from and to give back to the community."

Badger hockey players participate in summer program

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Badger Women's Hockey players Molly Doner and Kelly Jaminski visited teens involved with the United Cerebral Palsy  (UCP) Teen Summer Program on July 13, 2012.

The UCP Teen Summer Program is an initiative of the Madison-based non-profit that provides fun-filled activities and support for children with disabilities.

"UCP is very grateful for the time that the UW student-athletes donated," said UCP Service Coordinator Caroline Miller. "It gave the teens in our program the opportunity to build connections in the community!"

The event also provided freshman Doner's her first experience volunteering as a Badger athlete.

"I had such a great experience and loved meeting and playing with all the kids," said Doner. "They are truly an inspiration and I received much more from the experience than I gave."

Doner and Jaminski played games one-on-one with camp attendees and participated in arts and crafts at the event.

"With the help of the [student-athletes] we were able to discover interests that we didn't know our teens had," said Miller. "One teen in particular played football for an hour and we didn't even know before that she liked to play!"

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