Gophers Help Collect Books for Kidstop

Go Gophers! Gophers at Kidstop event in Maple Grove, Minnesota.
Go Gophers!
Gophers at Kidstop event in Maple Grove, Minnesota.
Go Gophers!

June 20, 2014

Written by: Devin Ste. Marie
Student-Athlete Development Intern

On Tuesday, June 17, six Gopher student-athletes boarded the M.A.G.I.C. (Maroon And Gold Impacting the Community) bus and headed to Maple Grove, Minn., to give a presentation to children in the Kidstop program. The Gophers were excited to speak to the children as a part of the “Eat Smart Play Hard” campaign where they gave tips on healthy eating and fitness to the children. The athletes represented at the event included Sam Harding, Jakub Maly, Jessica Plant, and Devin Ste. Marie from men’s and women’s swimming, Kendal Shell from men’s basketball, and Sara Scarbro from women’s rowing.

Shell had a great time at the school and enjoyed dancing and answering questions from the children. “It is always great to volunteer, and seeing the kids faces light up when they see you, it makes you realize how much influence you have on them. We were all once in their positions and remember moments like this, so they will too.”

At the end of the day, the Gopher student-athletes sat down with the older children in the camp and brainstormed ideas for the camp’s “Books For Africa” drive. The goal of this book drive is to have children from the Kidstop camp donate their used books, novels, and textbooks so they can be shipped to students in Africa. Everyone at the brainstorming session contributed ideas about how to get people in the community involved and how to spread the word about the book drive. They also set a goal of 1,000 books to be donated by the end of August, and decided to include Gophers in the book drive to help them reach the goal.

Gopher student-athletes and staff can also contribute to “Books for Africa” by collecting and donating old and gently used books. All interested in contributing can drop off their books at the Student-Athlete Development area, near Anissa Lightner's office. The donation period runs until August 8. Join a great cause and help the children reach their donation goal.