Jan. 26, 2012
This past Wednesday, 1/25/12, these University of Minnesota Golden Gophers volunteered for a local organization, the Trent Tucker University Scholars Program. This non-profit organization, led by former Gopher and National Basketball Association standout, Trent Tucker, got to experience hands-on activities with six Gopher athletes.
Trent Tucker Scholars Program is an organization that allows youth to experience college first-hand by giving them the opportunity to come to the University and participate in activities that will help them excel in core subject areas. They also offer academic assistance to youth that would usually not get the kind of attention that they need. Students in the program are also able to experience a variety of University of Minnesota departments, professors, and staff.
One of the programs that the Trent Tucker organization gets to work with was the Student-Athlete Affairs. In which, there were four different University of Minnesota athletic teams represented at this event including representations from Football, Volleyball, Rowing, and Women’s Track and Field. Among these athletes were Michael Amaefula, Tori Dixon, Ernest Heifort, Brandon Kirksey, Anna Swanson, and Chimerem Okoroji.
The student-athletes conducted and led a few different activities that the Trent Tucker scholars participated in. The first event was making lava lamps, provided to the Student-Athlete Affairs program by the St. Jude Medical Foundation. The second activity was a paper airplane making activity, which eventually turned into a flying contest. The winners received two t-shirts each.
Tori Dixon, a member of the women’s volleyball team, and an attendee of the event stated, “It was really fun to work first-hand with all of the students. Trent Tucker was a former Gopher and it is always exciting to see what they are up to now. He has a really good program going on here, and it was a really great experience working with the youth”.
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