Feb. 5, 2013
RUSTON - The Louisiana Tech men's basketball program continued their community outreach to elementary schools in the local area last week by visiting a kindergarten class at nearby A.E. Phillips.
Dr. Sue Barfield welcomed Bulldog players Michale Kyser, Gilbert Talbot and Alex Hamilton, along with assistant coach Derrick Jones, as they took time away from the hardwood to visit the laboratory school located on the campus of Louisiana Tech University.
Earlier this season, LA Tech players read aloud to fifth graders at Ruston Elementary as part of a guest reading program.
As a kickoff to February at A.E. Phillips, the visit was part of a career day, and coach Jones talked to the kids about his role as a coach and some basic fundamentals of basketball.
One of the main parts to his talk to the kindergarteners was how important it was to share and how sharing is related to playing basketball. He even threw in some math lessons as it relates to the game that the students enjoyed.
The three players spoke about what life was like as a college athlete and the importance of education.
Basketball season posters were given to the kids and many came to watch the `Dogs on Feb. 2 in their win over UT Arlington. Some stayed afterwards to get autographs from the team.
The basketball program aims to continue their community outreach throughout the year by visiting other elementary schools in the local area. If any schools would like for the team to come visit, please e-mail Derrick Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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