Cowgirl Soccer Players Read To Children

March 28, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

On Monday, March 20th and Wednesday, March 22nd the University of Wyoming AthleticsDepartment was represented by several student-athletes, mostly Cowgirl soccer players,who read at a local preschool and day care.

March is Disability Awareness Month, and the following student-athletesvolunteered to read children's books with a disability theme to theDevelopmental Preschool & Day Care School in Laramie. Anne Maddock, KathyLewis, Meredith Russo / women's soccer, and Jamie Burke / volleyball. Onehour of the student-athlete's time was used to read to three classes and totake a brief tour of the facilities.

This volunteering in the community is just one example of how UW's student-athletesare involved in the CHAMPS Life Skills Program.

CHAMPS Life Skills Program is designed to help student-athletes realize thepotential for higher academic achievement, increased retention, graduationand entrance into a chosen profession, a high level of maturity, increasedself-responsibility and greater overall success. The mission is to provide asystematic personal development program designed to reach eachstudent-athlete based on his/her individual needs. The focus of the programis on the individual as a whole person, academically, athletically, andemotionally - and on the changing needs and skills of that individual in theyears during college and after graduation (NCAA).