Hundreds of Cleveland students attend Sports Clinic
Issue date: 10/2/09 Section: Sports
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Integral to the success of the sports clinic, student-athletes organized different sports stations for the elementary students. The stations included basketball, football, soccer, track and field and volleyball.
Andrea Wojtowicz, president of the Case Association of Student Athletes, said, "The little ones, they look up to us. We're their shining stars, but in reality, we're just typical college students." Over 200 representatives from varsity sports volunteered for the sports clinic.
Terri Walton, a teacher from Daniel E. Morgan Elementary School, described the student-athletes as child-like instructors because they have as much fun as the elementary students. In the soccer skills station, Daniel E. Morgan students cheered on sophomore Mark Ilhan as he attempted to do 70 pushups after letting in a goal during the penalty-kicks exercise. The same type of good-natured fun was present throughout the six stations.
The Sports Clinic serves many purposes beyond simply allowing Cleveland elementary students to play sports with Case student-athletes. Walton describes the event as an opportunity for her to tell her students about college and to show them that a higher education is a path open to all of them.
"The fact that this prestigious university is right in our own backyard is great," she said.