Basketball Teams Visit Elementary School

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Before heading back to the court to prepare for their upcoming doubleheader against Gettysburg, the Muhlenberg basketball teams headed back to school – elementary school.

That isn’t a metaphor for working on fundamentals. The Mules visited Jefferson Elementary School in downtown Allentown, interacting with first-, second- and third-graders for an hour.

The cherished annual visit, conducted in conjunction with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, began with Muhlenberg players, spread out among 10 classrooms, reading a book to the youths about King’s leadership of the civil rights movement. The Mules then helped the youngsters trace their hands to be cut out. The elementary school students wrote their dreams on the paper hands, which were all arranged in a heart shape around King’s famous “I have a dream” speech on a piece of paper.

The session ended with the elementary school students asking their new friends questions about life in college, how they got to be so tall, what their favorite foods were, and anything else that came to mind.

The Muhlenberg contingent also brought books to donate to Jefferson and got just as much – if not more – out of the experience as the younger students, leaving in all smiles just 12 hours after returning home from a tough trip to McDaniel last night.

Emily Lesher and Drew Swedberg reading  Austin Curry and friends

Jordan Labbe and friends  dreams