Rebels Promote Education
Nov. 17, 2008
LAS VEGAS - A trio of Rebel student-athletes recently visited local elementary schools to emphasize the importance of education to children. Freshman golfer Stephanie Whatley participated in outreach twice, first dedicating a Friday to visiting with children at Hewetson Elementary School. Whatley represented UNLV at a booth for Hewetson's Career Day. She brought her golf clubs and other golf equipment for the children to learn about and touch.
Whatley met with each class in the Kindergarten through fifth grade cohort, talking about maintaining grades to go to college. She provided the children with a day in the life of a student-athlete and discussed time management. Sophomore Justin Baca and senior Marc Baca of the baseball team joined Whatley the following week at Ullom Elementary School. Brothers Justin and Marc rotated classrooms together, promoting education as the key to success.
Marc, who is graduating in Spring 2009, told the children that he is the first person in his family who will earn a college degree. Justin taught the children the meaning of his major, Kinesiology, and talked about working hard towards his goal of becoming an Oncologist. Whatley, in her own classrooms, explained to children what grade point averages mean.
The children at both Hewetson and Ullom Elementary Schools were excited to have UNLV student-athletes visit. The Rebels focused on staying in school and making good grades as a tool for future success while sharing the benefits of the college athletic experience. Student-athlete outreach continues with the Rotary Club of Las Vegas Santa Clothes program on Thursday, December 4th.