July 1, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- It’s not every day that you get to see defensive lineman Beau Allen walking around with pigtails or linebacker Chris Borland sporting a pink bucket hat, but preschoolers at Creative Learning Preschool witnessed just that on June 26.
The members of the Wisconsin football team visited in conjunction with the school’s celebration of “Sports Week.” While there, they played games, threw around a football, finger-painted and danced with the young 4- and 5-year-olds.
“Beau and I had a blast at Creative Learning Preschool!” Borland said. “The kids had a lot of energy and imagination. It was certainly a day to remember.”
It was certainly was a day to remember for UW Community Relations Coordinator Kayla Gross who got a behind-the-lens glimpse of the “over-sized children” completely immersing themselves in the visit.
“When it comes to Badger football, their hearts are certainly as big as their muscles,” said Gross, community relations coordinator for UW Athletics. “Allen and Boland are the definition of ‘macho,’ yet they did not hesitate when asked to finger paint, have their hair braided or sport a pink bucket hat. They are both outstanding representatives of this university and what it means to be a UW student-athlete.”
Borland currently leads all UW student-athletes in community service. He has volunteered nearly 40 hours since May 2012.
“We are afforded a great opportunity to give back with our visibility as student-athletes,” said Borland. “The students at Wisconsin are very active in the community as a whole and we love when we get a chance to help a deserving cause.”