Wisconsin mens soccer assistant coach Nick Pasquarello provided a special treat for students at Kegonsa Elementary school on Tuesday, March 2. Pasquarello helped the students participate in Read Across America by reading Dr. Seuss stories to commemorate the authors 100th birthday.
The day was really fun, Pasquarello said. It was fun to be in that kind of environment because I dont get the chance to visit elementary schools too often.
When I was asked to participate in Read Across America a couple weeks ago, it was a no-brainer for me because anytime I can read Dr. Seuss and hang out with little kids, Im pretty happy.
Pasquarello shared two of his personal favorite Dr. Seuss stories with the children.
I read two stories from The Sneetches and Other Stories, Pasquarello said. I read The Sneetches and The Zax. The Zax is probably my favorite Dr. Seuss book.
Pasquarello also used the time to talk to the students about what each story meant.
Each Dr. Seuss story has a hidden moral behind all the rhymes, Pasquarello said. So after each story I asked them what the story meant to them. Whether it was to take pride in individuality or to learn to cooperate, they were really great about it and I got a lot of feedback on what they thought.
But the inquisitive young minds of Kegonsa Elementary School were not satisfied with just a Dr. Seuss reading, and enjoyed asking other things of Coach Pasquarello.
The kids were awesome, Pasquarello said. They were very excited to have a member of the University of Wisconsin athletic department there, and they wanted to get to know me. They asked me a lot of questions in terms of what position did I play, and do I like coaching.
A Badger goalkeeper himself from 1991 94, Pasquarello returned to Wisconsin soccer in 2001 as a volunteer womens assistant coach and was named the mens goalkeeper coach prior to the 2002 season. A two-time letterwinner, Pasquarello currently ranks third among Wisconsins all-time net minders with 14 wins in 1994, and is also in the top ten in goals-against average (0.99) and shutouts (7.5) in his senior season.
The National Education Associations Read Across America is the nations largest reading event, and has been celebrated annually since 1998 on or near March 2 Dr. Seuss birthday. Over 50 thousand people nation wide participated in this years event, which was the first nationally-recognized Read Across America Day.
For more information on Read Across America, please visit the NEAs Web site at http://www.nea.org/readacross/.
Soccer fans can next catch a glimpse of the Wisconsin mens soccer team on Sunday, March 28, when the Badgers host an indoor college and professional round robin at the McClain Facility. The all-day event is free and open to the public.
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