Williamsburg, Ky. – On Friday, February 3rd, the University of the Cumberlands (UC) football players took time out their normal schedule to visit some of the local elementary schools. The Patriots were guests at Whitley County Primary School (WCPS) and Whitley County Intermediate School (WCIS).
In the morning, UC Head Football Coach John Bland took a group that included Terrance Cobb (Knoxville, TN), Zack Stroub (Mt. Sterling, KY), Chad Bond (Tullahoma, TN) and Troy Arnold (Jacksboro, TN) to WCPS where they spoke to Mrs. Davis and Mr. Sharpe’s first and second grade classes. The players talked to the children about being a leader, how to build character, and what it means to take responsibility. The kids were ready to show the UC players their character as they had been collecting canned goods for the local community. They gave their collections to the players to donate on their behalf. The kids also had fun asking questions about the Super Bowl and getting autographs from the players.
“Having some of the football players from Cumberlands here is always beneficial for my students,” said WCPS First Grade Teacher Mrs. Dana Davis. “They talk about strong characteristic qualities, being respectful, staying in school, keeping your studies up; they really set a good example for them.”
That afternoon Coach Bland took a group that included Cory Clark (Seymour, TN), Travis Manning (Murray, KY), Kevin Kennedy (Seymour, TN), Ryan Berry (Sardinia, OH), Woody Thompson (Kingston, TN), Stephen Wells (LaFollette, TN), Phillip Wells (LaFollette, TN), DelKeldric Felton (Oglethorpe, GA), and Jared Stippert (Clearwater, FL) to WCIS. The players went around to different classes answering questions for the students.
“It is always great to see the UC football team come to our classroom,” explained WCIS Third Grade Teacher Mrs. Sue Ann Bryant. “The players talk about listening to your teachers and coaches while working hard at everything you do. The kids really like having them visit us.”
Later on they accompanied the students to the gym where they participated in coaching them during a flag football game. "I hope they get as much enjoyment from football and hanging out with me, as I get from hanging out with them,” said Kevin Kennedy.
For more information on the Patriots football team and other Patriot athletics visit http://www.cumberlandspatriots.com.