STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's tennis program recentley spent some time working with local schools and students on community service projects. The Huskies spent time at the East Hartford Middle School and Waddell Elementary School in Manchester in recent weeks working with students.
At East Hartford Middle School, the Huskies worked on the Goal Line Project. The tennis team met with EHMS students to watch videos portraying life situations in which bystanders and observers needed to make decisions that were best for all parties. Husky players discussed strategies for making smart decisions with students and participated in active conversations in hopes of preparing the children to act decisively and with integrity when they are faced with difficult circumstances.
The team participated in the Husky Reach program at Waddell Elementary taking part in the flashlight reading event. The goal of the event is to promote reading after school (at home reading). UConn players worked with both students and their parents at the event, looking for ways to inspire and encourage reading at home.
“It is really rewarding to do what we can to give back to the local community because we are so privileged as collegiate athletes and have the ability to make an impact as a team," stated junior Shea Flanagan. "Goal line is such a great program to participate in because we are able to mentor middle school students and talk about different issues like peer pressure that we experienced at that age not too long ago. The flashlight reading was really fun to be a part of because we were able to get to know elementary school kids and their families as we all read together in an intimate setting”
Senior Srna Stosljevic commented, “It is always nice being able to give back. The kids we worked with were so positive and they loved listening to what we had to say. It’s awesome seeing how so many families and kids are such big fans of UConn athletics. Being able to interact with them on such a personal level has been beyond gratifying”