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Pat Leseman, the mother of former Gopher baseball player Tony Leseman, founded the HFC in 2002. From the organization's website: "The mission of the Highland Friendship Club is to serve individuals with disabilities from teens through adulthood by providing a range of opportunities to develop lifelong skills, friendships and connections within their community."
To learn more, visit http://highlandfriendshipclub.org/.
By Andrew Doughty
University of Minnesota student-athletes visited Countryside Elementary School in Edina on Wednesday, October 30th as part of the "Eat Smart, Play Hard" program.
"Eat Smart, Play Hard" is an interactive and engaging program with a mission of educating elementary school children on the importance of eating healthy and exercising.
Student-athletes from football, women's swimming and diving, rowing, and baseball reviewed different forms of basic physical activity, healthy alternative snacks, and making smart decisions for your body.
"It's a great chance for kids to visually see the importance of proper nutrition and physical activity," said Chris Hawthorne, a senior on the football team. "It is also a tremendous opportunity to really connect with kids in promoting daily dietary habits and daily exercises."
The group of eager children from kindergarten through third grade was also treated to entertaining videos created by former Gopher student-athletes Josh Hall (Men's Swimming & Diving) and Lucy Ennis (Women's Gymnastics).
The videos further stressed the message of moderate portions of healthy snacks and exploring new ways to get adequate exercise. The program concluded as the student-athletes passed out fruit and granola bars to the inquisitive group of students prior to spending a few moments answering entertaining and mildly amusing questions.
Have you watched any of the Big Ten Network broadcasts featuring your favorite team? You may have recognized Gopher Volleyball's Ashley Wittman as one of the 'Faces of the Big Ten' ads. Wittman, a senior captain with the Gophers has done countless hours of volunteering, a multiple Academic All-Big Ten selection and a member of the Gophers' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Take a look at this video.
The University of Minnesota student-athletes were again on the move as a group visited the Amplatz Children's Hospital, located here on campus. Here's a quick video of their adventure.
The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) held its first meeting of the 2013 academic year on Monday, Sept. 23rd. The committee is comprised of 60 student-athlete representatives from each of the 25 University of Minnesota athletic teams. The mission of the committee is to serve as a liaison between the student-athlete population, athletic department, Big Ten Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association on issues facing the overall welfare of the collegiate student-athlete. SAAC strives to encourage the involvement of all programs within the athletic department and campus environment, through empowering and education student-athletes at the University of Minnesota.
After dinner was provided for the SAAC members in the Hall of Traditions at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex, the group headed out to the Bierman Track. Upon their arrival, the committee met with Captain Andrew Schroers of the United States Marine Corps. Captain Schroers introduced the members of the Marine Corps as they demonstrated a condensed version of their fitness test. It also symbolized the valued traits instilled by the USMC and the use of team building and commitment. Each member paired up with another member in similar size and weight. In order to complete the test, each person had to complete their course as well as carry their teammate to the finish line.
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Hey Gopher fans! Soon, you'll be able to keep up with the Gophers community outreach efforts and the MAGIC (Maroon and Gold Impacting the Community) program right here on this blog!
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