April 12, 2012
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MADISON, Wis. -- UW student-athletes, in collaboration with the United Way of Dane County, will be participating in the Red, White and Read promotion from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 at the Sequoya Branch Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd., Madison, Wis.
All families with children 2-7 are invited to attend. Reading and learning activities and arts and crafts will be available. Complete this form to let us know you are attending.
Several members of the Student-Athletes Equally Supporting Others (SAESO) organization will participate with other community volunteers to spend time reading with children while promoting reading and learning.
Athletes participating include Anya Covington, Sr. basketball; Hanna Ross, Sr. swimming; Morgan Paige, So., basketball; David Gilbert, Jr., football; Megan Beers, Sr., track; Abbie Weigel, So., track; Soley Pitre, So., rowing; Kristen Yarows, So. track; and Chuma Offor, Sr., football.
On an annual basis, UW student-athletes, coaches and staff participate in numerous one-time and ongoing community service projects racking up more than 1,500 hours of volunteer service.
While some projects are organized by the Athletic Department, a number of student-athletes undertake individual projects such as with the Boys and Girls clubs of Dane County. Some volunteered to be “celebrity servers” at the United Cerebral Palsy Banquet. Six football players visited a local school to read as part of “Read Your Heart Out Day” and National African-American Parent Involvement Day.
Other Examples include:
• Over 105 lives that could be saved from donations to the annual blood drive organized by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
• 5,172 pounds of food collected this year from the Red and White Hunger Fight first organized by soccer player Michele Dalton four years ago. During that time, the food drive participants have included 21 athletic team, 75 student organizations and 700 volunteers who helped collect $4,400 and more than 10 tons of food.
• $1500 in cash collected along with 150 toys as part of the Toys for Tots drive organized by student-athletes during a men’s basketball game
• 11th anniversary of the Bookin’ it with Bucky reading program that sends UW student-athletes to Madison Metropolitan School District classrooms to share the importance of reading