Celebrating Our Rich African American Heritage

Go Gophers! Black History Month Celebration
Go Gophers!
Black History Month Celebration
Go Gophers!

Feb. 23, 2012

University of Minnesota athletic department and student-athlete affairs finish up celebrating black history month by hosting an event last Wednesday, February Fifteenth Two Thousand and Twelve. The 6th Annual Black History Month celebration was held on the University of Minnesota campus in Williams Arena and the Sports Pavilion. A total number of 60 student athletes volunteered at this on-campus event including representatives from the men’s and women’s basketball, track and field, cross country, swimming and diving teams, men’s football and wrestling teams, and the women’s hockey, volleyball, gymnastics, and rowing teams. Over 500 5th and 6th grade students from five different elementary schools participated in this event to celebrate.

Linda Roberts, director of Special Events and Outreach stated ,”The students really enjoyed another great opportunity to visit campus and meet and greet our 60 student-athletes who took the time to volunteer. “

 Our student-athletes and Goldy visited five elementary schools prior to their visit to share with them the information on the four African American individuals we selected to recognize for 2012. Toni Carter was the first African-American county commissioner, educator, and artist. Dr. Charles Crutchfield II is a doctor, lecturer and gardener in his free time; Nathaniel Khaliq is the former St. Paul NAACP President, a community activist, and a retired firefighter; Lisa Lissimore is the Associate Director of the Minnesota State High School League and also a sport advocate. These honored individuals spoke on behalf of the importance of education.

 Student-Athlete Affairs then invited the five elementary schools to campus: Harvest Prep/BEST Academy, Maxfield Magnet, Palmer Lake, Sojourner Truth Academy and W.I.S.E Charter were the schools invited to participate in this event. While they were there, the athletes broke up into groups to host ten minute sessions teaching the young students about black history month, academics, and athletics.

Kendall Shell, a member of the Men’s Basketball team, and also one of the student-athlete volunteers at this event describes his experience, “I love to volunteer in the community, especially with kids because it makes the volunteering so much more fun and enjoyable. It gives you a sense of responsibility knowing that you are teaching and helping others learn things that they will keep with them forever.”

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