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Sports Teams Visit Local Schools

March 16, 2000 -- University of Virginia athletes will teach skills and drills to more than 100 local elementary students at Burnley-Moran Elementary School on Friday, March 24, from 4 to 5 p.m.

The athletes, who participate in such club sports as lacrosse, soccer, field hockey and judo, will visit the after-school program to show students the benefits of sports and team work. Members of about 10 teams are expected at the event, a public service effort created by the Club Sports Council.

Begun last spring, the Club Sports Council is an umbrella organization of about 40 club sports teams at U.Va. Nearly 1,500 students participate on such teams.

The service project is part of an on-going Club Sports Council initiative to reach out to the community and bind the sports teams together under one organization, according to council president Andy McClure. Athletes are teaching students at Burnley-Moran, Johnson and Venable Elementary Schools about sports and providing positive encouragement and guidance as they run relays and scrimmages.

"Everybody who has played a sport recognizes that he or she got something out of it, such as discovery, hard work and team work. The idea is to teach youths more about the sports they know, and introduce them to sports that they have never heard of. By doing this, we hope to get them excited about sports and more involved in the athletic community," McClure said.

For more information, contact Andy McClure at (804) 243-4966 or afm6a@virginia.edu.

Contact: Jill Johnson, (804) 924-7116

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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