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Drake Student-Athletes Visit Fifth-Graders From "I Have A Dream Foundation"

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: March 26, 2011
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Drake basketball players (back row, left to right) Stephanie Running, Rachael Hackbarth, Seth VanDeest and (front row, left) Kristin Turk visit with kids at King Elementary.
Courtesy: Drake Athletics

Saturday, March 26, 2011

DES MOINES, Iowa--Four Drake University basketball players shared their time with fifth-grade students from the "I Have a Dream Foundation" at King Elementary School on March 24. They talked about their role as student-athletes, the importance of sportsmanship in collegiate athletics as well as on the playground, and the priority of being a student above being an athlete.

Rachael Hackbarth (Colgate, Wisc.), Stephanie Running (Oak Creek, Wisc.), Kristin Turk (Des Moines, Iowa) and Seth VanDeest (Bettendorf, Iowa) ate dinner with the Dreamers and their families, and shared their personal stories of the decision-making that helped them achieve success.

The group of fifth-graders will transition to middle school next year, which afforded the Drake student-athletes a chance to talk about what they liked about their middle school experience. Hearing about the opportunity to involve themselves in extracurricular events and to change teachers and classrooms for different subjects helped give the kids some comfort to overcome the apprehension they may feel about the changes ahead of them.

The visit concluded with a trip to the playground where Hackbarth, Running, Turk and VanDeest played with the kids and even showed off some of their agility on the playground equipment.

The "I Have a Dream Foundation" adopts classrooms of inner-city, high-risk kids in first grade and provides tutoring and mentoring along with personal support throughout their school years. Upon successful completion of high school, financial assistance for college is guaranteed.

You can learn more about the program by visiting their website.

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