Feb. 28, 2014
MADISON, Wis.-- If you need experts on the history of the game of basketball, look no further than the UW men’s basketball team.
Juniors Duje Dukan and Josh Gasser’s knowledge of the game was put to the test when the duo visited Sandburg Elementary School in Madison, Wis., to field questions from Erin Palmer’s third grade class, who were working on research projects about the sport.
Dukan and Gasser relied on knowledge passed down from UW resident basketball historian, Coach Bo Ryan, who keeps a peach basket-- the original basketball hoop-- in his office. The players also answered questions about their personal experiences playing the game including why they started playing basketball and who their basketball heroes are.
The talk, originally intended to be an interview about basketball for a class research project, became a conversation about optimism.
“It was such a pleasure having Josh and Duje come to our classroom,” Palmer said. “The students learned about the importance of having hopes and dreams, and how we always need to show grit, on and off the basketball court.”
The students returned the favor by impressing Dukan and Gasser with their readiness to learn.
“The students had questions prepared about basketball, school and our free time, so it was fun to share what is important in our lives,” Gasser said. “Just seeing their faces and smiles when we arrived makes these experiences worth it for me.”