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Women's Basketball pays visit to Park View Elementary School

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Students at Cookeville's Park View Elementary School got a surprise recently when freshman Katherine Barker and assistant coach Coretta Brown paid a visit on behalf of the Tennessee Tech women's basketball program. The pair spent time in the school's library reading stories to second graders.

"Community services activities such as reading in area schools are very important to our program," said first-year coach Sytia Messer. "It's an opportunity for our young ladies to be role models within the community and to work with these young children in a sincere manner.

"It's a learning experience for our student-athletes, as well," Messer said. "Katherine was thrilled and honored to go out and spend some time with the kids at Park View. Sometimes life is bigger than basketball."

Like many of Tech's teams, the Golden Eagle women's basketball team participates in a number of community activities throughout the year as part of the CHAMPS Life Skills program.

Messer's Golden Eagles captured their Ohio Valley Conferenence opener last Saturday at Jacksonville State, and are back in action this coming Saturday afternoon in Eblen Center when they host Southern Illinois in a 4 p.m. game, the second game of a doubleheader. The Tech men's team opens play Saturday with a 2 p.m. contest against Ball State.

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