May 3, 2012
Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The purpose of the weeklong celebration is to focus on youth and their families, and to recognize prominent child development programs that provide care for these young children.
On Friday, April 27th, 2012, Student-Athlete Affairs hosted an event for the University of Minnesota Child Development Center. At this event, student-athletes volunteered their time at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex on the University of Minnesota campus playing with young children from ages two to six by organizing games and activities for these youth to participate in
A total number of ten University of Minnesota athletic teams were represented volunteering at this event. Among these student-athletes were Tori Dixon (Volleyball), Blayne Dulian (M. Cross Country, M. Indoor Track, M. Outdoor Track), Madeline Eckstrom (Softball), Josh Hall (M. Swimming and Diving), Jason Hartbarger (M. Swimming and Diving), Matthew Kloss (Football), Melissa Nelson (W. Swimming and Diving), Mia Tabberson (Volleyball), Cierra Tomson (W. Gymnastics), and Katherine Windsor (Rowing).
“It was really fun interacting and playing with the kids. It brought back a lot of memories from when I was young.” Katherine Windsor, a member of the Women’s Rowing Team Stated. “The kids instantly want to be your friend, and it was a good experience being that role model for them. It re-assured the fact that this is a career field that I want to be in someday.”