(FREDERICTON, NB) The UNB Varsity Reds are going back… to elementary school.
Varsity Reds’ athletes will once again visit Fredericton-area schools as part of the “Read With The Reds” program.
Student-athletes visit with kindergarten classes and read the book “Su and Red try out for the team.”
Today, Laura McNicholas and Selina Fabbri, of the Varsity Reds women’s soccer team, visited Garden Creek Elementary School. Along with reading, each spoke of their experiences as students-athletes and encouraged the children to work hard in school and their chosen pursuits.
For McNicholas, who is working on an education degree, it was an enjoyable experience. “We let them know they need to work well in their studies to be able to achieve something, as high a standard as what we do right now.” McNicholas believes it’s a message that resonates, even with kindergarten-aged children. “At the end of the day, it’s ultimately most kids’ dream to play a sport.”
Members of all Varsity Reds teams will be called upon to participate in the program during the 2015-2016 school year.