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"Husky Reach" Kicks Off Year At Verplanck School

Victoria Flowers of women's track and field gives a boost.

Sept. 24, 2012

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MANCHESTER, Conn. -- The University of Connecticut Division of Athletics and its community outreach program "Husky Reach" kicked off its activities for the school year last Wednesday at the Verplanck Elementary School in Manchester, Conn., for the school's "Welcome Back BBQ". The Verplanck PTA annually sponsors the event for students and their parents.

UConn athletics was represented by over 50 student-athletes at the event as they interacted with the Verplanck community. Members of the women's track and field, softball, baseball and cheer and dance squads played games with the students and had dinner with their families.

This event served as an introduction for children and their families to the UConn student-athletes who will be visiting the classrooms beginning this Tuesday as a part of the "Husky Reach" program. "Husky Reach", which is funded by the SBM Charitable Foundation, gives student-athletes the opportunity to read to the students of Verplanck (kindergarten through fifth grade) twice each week.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays each week, UConn student-athletes visit with the students and teach them important life lessons, such as teamwork and sportsmanship that the students of Verplanck can apply to their daily interactions with their peers. This is not only a learning experience for the students in Manchester, but also gives UConn student-athletes an opportunity to present themselves as role models to young children in the nearby community.

The SBM Charitable Foundation, Inc. was established in 2000 by Connecticut Bancshares, Inc., the parent company of the former Savings Bank of Manchester in Manchester. The SBM Charitable Foundation, Inc. is committed to bettering the lives of those who live and work predominantly in Hartford, Tolland and Windham Counties.