Blazers Give Back On National Student-Athlete Day

UAB women's tennis player Catherine Ragon scales the climbing wall with local students.

April 7, 2014

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – UAB student-athletes visited Glen Iris Elementary Monday as part of a service project for the annual National Student-Athlete Day.

The student-athletes helped out in PE classes all day long. They helped run different stations teaching basketball, hula-hoop, jump rope and rock wall climbing.

National Student-Athlete Day was created in 1987 by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports. Since then, National Student-Athlete Day has gone from recognizing a small number of outstanding student-athletes in 1987 to honoring over 3,440,610 million since 1997. In 2012 alone, over 260,000 student-athletes were recognized. 

“Taking part in recess with the kids was a lot of fun. It also gave us a chance to think about how lucky we are to get to play our chosen sports in college as we get an education,” said freshman women’s tennis player Catherine Ragon.

Student-athletes from the sports of men’s basketball, football, women’s tennis, bowling, volleyball and women’s soccer took part in the festivities today. The K-5 students at Glen Iris seemed to enjoy the surprise of having the Blazers in their PE classes throughout the day.

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