Sept. 29, 2007
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Several UAB student-athletes took part in Hands on Schools Day, a partnership between the UAB Leadership & Service Council and Hands on Birmingham, on Saturday at Brunetta C. Hill Elementary. Student-athletes from the Blazer men's golf and synchronized swimming teams volunteered at the event.
Those who represented UAB at Brunetta C. Hill Elementary on Saturday included Cathal O'Malley and Jason Shufflebotham of the men's golf team and Meryl Grandia, Margareta Jakovac, Brittany McCauley, Michele Rushfeldt, and Mikayla Cansler from synchronized swimming.
The student-athletes participated in a number of activities to help improve the atmosphere of the Birmingham city elementary school, including landscaping, painting the classrooms and gym, cleaning the floors and walls and making electrical and structural repairs. Volunteers also led arts and crafts classes for the large number of students that showed up to the school.
"Having UAB student-athletes come help with the renovations to our school is very important to our students, faculty, and staff," said Brunetta C. Hill Elementary principal Taylor Greene, Jr. "To see the athletes that they see on TV come help out and volunteer their time means a lot and will be a driving force as we push our children into furthering their education."
UAB athletes have participated in a number of community outreach opportunities already this fall including the Blazer Classroom Connection, which brings the athletes into local elementary schools to deliver positive messages to kids. Brunetta C. Hill Elementary, Tuggle Elementary, Hemphill Elementary, Oliver Elementary, and Jones Valley Elementary Schools have all been hosts to the Blazer Classroom Connection program within the past month.