PHILADELPHIA – Currently in the midst of finals' week, members of the University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team took a brief break on Tuesday to visit with the students of the nearby Penn Alexander School.
The Quakers spoke with the middle-schoolers (grades 6-8) about all aspects of being a Penn student-athlete, and how playing basketball has helped them grow as individuals. Along with Head Coach Mike McLaughlin, the team representatives went on to talk about time management, hard work, and how excited they are to see the students at their game on Monday -- which will be the destination of a class field trip.
"Visiting Penn Alexander School was a great opportunity for us to give back to the local community,” said Head Coach Mike McLaughlin. “Our goal today was to help the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students realize that through hardwork, goal setting, and teamwork, they can excel in whatever it is that they are passionate about. Whether that is basketball, soccer, music, cheerleading -- a 100 percent effort in everything you do can take you a long way in life.”
“My hope is that the students walked away from today feeling that if they put their best foot forward at all times, they can achieve their dreams,” said senior captain Brooklyn Juday. “Giving back is extremely important, and if we were able to inspire even one kid to achieve their dreams, we accomplished our goal.”
Prior to the matchup with Wagner on Monday (1 p.m.), the Red and Blue will take on their city-rival Drexel at The Palestra on Saturday. Tip between the Dragons and Quakers is set for noon.