September 4, 2009

Tech soccer team seen volunteering all over Cookeville

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Tech soccer team recently spent some time in the community visiting Capshaw Elementary, Heavenly Host Lutheran School, Jere Whitson Elementary and Bethesda Health Care Center to have some fun with students and residents.

The team held a variety of different activities at each stop. At Capshaw Elementary the Golden Eagles took three second grade P.E. classes outside to play games and teach basic soccer fundamentals, and finished with a relay race combining the skills taught.

"We're glad we can work with Tennessee Tech," said Nancy Lewis, Capshaw P.E. teacher. "The kids love to be with the team and develop different sets of skills. It's a major plus for our physical education program."

At Heavenly Host Lutheran School the squad visited each classroom and handed out posters and stickers, before taking the fifth grade P.E. class outside for games. During their visit to Jere Whitson Elementary the team read to students and held relay races on the playground.

On the team's final stop they visited Bethesda Health Care Center and enjoyed a carnival for the residents with games contests, and a petting zoo.

"We really want to get out into the community," head coach Becky Fletcher said. "The girls really enjoy it. It's a good opportunity for the team to see how much they can have an impact on a younger child's day."

Fletcher said the team plans on staying involved in community service, and will schedule regular visits throughout the season.

"It helps take the focus off of soccer and school for a little while," Fletcher said. "They want to get involved and spend quality time in the community, and you can see the change in their attitudes as a result."