Coastal student-athletes go back to kindergarten class

ccu-kindergardtenCoastal Carolina student-athletes took the time on Tuesday morning to give back to the community by reading Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree” to 20 Horry County elementary schools as part of the United Way of Horry County Caring for Kindergarteners program.

“The Coastal Carolina University Department of Athletics is pleased to continue a long standing partnership with the United Way of Horry County by participating with the Caring for Kindergartners initiative,” said Coastal Carolina associate athletic director for student-athlete enhancement Cari Rosiek.  “Engaging the youth of Horry County through an educational experience has provided a positive experience for student-athletes, coaches and staff.”

A total of 95 Chanticleer student-athletes among Coastal’s 18 intercollegiate athlete programs, along with members of the cheerleading team, coaches and athletic administrators, participated in reading the timeless classic to 95 kindergarten classes across the county.

Upon completing the book, the young students were able to put the lessons they learned on display by drawing pictures and creating their own greeting cards to be distributed to elderly, homebound citizens throughout Horry County. The kindergarteners’ cards will be attached to one of several hundred gift baskets intended for the senior shut-ins as part of the annual “Make Someone’s May Day” program, now in its 15th year.

Tuesday’s events extended a partnership between Coastal Carolina University and the United Way of Horry County that has existed since 2002 as a means of giving back to the community.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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