Women's Basketball reads to Kindergarten classes at Jere Whitson school

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Kindergarten students at Cookeville's Jere Whitson Elementary School got a surprise recently when freshman Katy Cooke and assistant coach Coretta Brown paid a visit on behalf of the Tennessee Tech women's basketball program. The pair spent time reading stories and answering questions.

"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. "Katy was honored to go out and spend some time with the kids at Jere Whitson. Sometimes life is bigger than basketball. Coach Brown has done a nice job organizing appearances such as this one, and she enjoys getting involved, as well."

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 are back in action this coming Thursday evening in Eblen Center when they host Eastern Illinois in the first game of a doubleheader beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tech also hosts an OVC doubleheader Saturday against Southeast Missouri.

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