Marquette Student-Athletes Host Lloyd Street School Students and the

May 16, 2006

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MILWAUKEE - More than 30 Marquette student-athletes hosted approximately 150 second and third grade students from Lloyd Street School for the "Lloyd Street Olympics" on Tuesday, May 16. The event, originally to be held at Valley Fields, was moved indoors to the Al McGuire Center due to inclement weather.

Marquette student-athletes facilitated a series of fun games and contests for the Lloyd Street School students including a frisbee toss, a hula-hoop contest, a basketball dribble contest, a long jump event and a basketball shooting contest just to name a few. After "the Olympics" the students and student-athletes enjoyed lunch, Lloyd Street teacher games and pictures with Marquette student-athletes and the Golden Eagle.

The "Lloyd Street Olympics" marked the end of a semester when 30 Marquette student-athletes made weekly visits to Lloyd Street School second and third grade classrooms to assist teachers with individual instruction. Student-athletes at Marquette, through the Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), have established an on-going relationship with Lloyd Street where athletes are involved in year-round activities at the school.

"This event was great for everyone involved because it represented a chance for the young students see Marquette students in their environment and give them a taste of college life," said Associate Athletics Director for Academic Support and Student Programs Tom Ford. "The student-athletes have found working with the young second and third graders very rewarding, while the teachers say the students responded positively. We are very excited about turning this into a long-term relationship between Marquette and Lloyd Street School."

"It has been such a great experience all semester for both us college students and the second and third graders. I know everyone who has been involved with the Lloyd Street school thought it was a positive experience to work with them," said junior volleyball player and SAAC member Nicole Wallace. "The kids look up to us. It really shows how much they appreciate us and our help."

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