Feb. 28, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin Athletic Department extended its community service efforts beyond the borders of Madison on Feb. 22, when UW football player James Adeyanju used Skype video conference technology to speak with third graders at Dodgeville Elementary in Dodgeville, Wis.
During the 30-minute `visit,' Adeyanju fielded questions from the third graders ranging from the ins-and-outs of being a student-athlete to his favorite animal.
"A cow," Adeyanju answered. "I love milk, cheese and beef."
"Skyping with the kids really was a great experience," said Adeyanju. "They had some great questions and are on their way to success."
For teacher Michael Cleary, Adeyanju's effort to speak with his students spoke volumes about the character of UW student-athletes.
"I've always felt like the University of Wisconsin has strived to have the best athletes, but time and time again I have seen UW student-athletes being the best people as well," said Cleary. "I will not soon forget the smiles and laughter of my students from spending time with James. As an educator and fan of Wisconsin athletics, [I appreciate James] taking the time to show kids they matter."
The use of video conference technology is part of a larger effort on behalf of UW Athletics to give back to the community. Though UW Athletics has limited its student-athlete appearances to within 30 miles of the UW campus, Skype now gives Badgers an opportunity to interact with fans outside of that geographical restriction.
"Though we have had to limit our in-person appearances to within 30 miles of campus, we know we have fans all over the state and country," said Kayla Gross, UW Athletics' Community Relations Coordinator. "Skype gives us the opportunity to interact with those fans and show our gratitude for their support. It's something we are really excited about."
For more information on the charitable efforts of UW student-athletes, visit the Badgers Give Back section of UWBadgers.com.