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UNLV Student-Athletes Impact Children on Career Day

Nov. 14, 2007

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Two UNLV student-athletes spoke to students at Ullom Elementary on Friday, November 9th. Samantha Lantefield, a freshman cheerleader from Star, Idaho, and Samuel Tuala, a freshman football student-athlete from North Las Vegas, made a huge impact on the children.

Samantha and Samuel rotated between classrooms, speaking to students in the third through fifth grades on their Career Day. Samantha spoke about how she balances school, cheerleading, and working almost full-time at a retail job. She also shared why she came to UNLV to study from Idaho. Samantha is majoring in psychology and told the children that she plans to counsel teenagers with depression and other disorders when she completes her education.

Samuel discussed a typical day in the life of a football student-athlete. He balances school, football, and working for his father's business. He emphasized the importance of obtaining a college degree to find a good job and be successful. The children asked Samantha and Samuel various questions about education, athletics, and life.

The students of Ullom Elementary learned that they too can go to college and even participate in athletics. Tips offered by Samantha and Samuel included for them to use a planner, always do their homework on time, ask teachers for help, and have the goal in mind right now to attend college.

Community service activities are part of UNLV's CHAMPS/Life Skills program for student-athletes. Co-coordinated by Lisa Levine and Kim Underwood, student-athletes have the opportunity to get involved locally through various events throughout the school year. Partnering with the Rotary Club of Las Vegas, UNLV Athletics' next upcoming event is Santa Clothes, on Thursday, December 13th. Service opportunities continue in the Spring with Nevada Reading Week at the end of February.



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