By Justin Peacock, Sports Information Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Women's Soccer team took part in the National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America Day at John Milledge Academy Wednesday, Mar. 2.
Read Across America is an initiative on reading created by the NEA. This annual event promotes awareness and motivation for children in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of children's author, Dr. Seuss. The Bobcat Soccer team was fortunate enough to take part of their afternoon to read to different classrooms.
"We had such a great time reading to the kids. It was thrilling to see the reactions of the kids who also attended the camp we did the weekend before. When we were at John Milledge they were so excited cause they knew us and wanted to give us hugs, so that was really neat," said assistant coach Tinna Gallagher. " We go out there and interact with those kids so they want to come out and do more things with us, like our summer camps. We get to teach them about soccer, of course, and it all comes together, but it always doesn't have to be about soccer. The sport is such a big part of out lives and they get to see that there are opportunities out there"
The Bobcats read a handful of Dr. Seuss's classics to the kids and had them all laughing, even the very nervous freshman forward Ragnheidur Bjarnadottir (Gardabaer, Iceland). With English as her second language, she was concerned the children wouldn't understand her accent, especially with all Dr. Seuss's tongue twisters.
"It was just a great day, the teachers were really helpful to us," added Gallagher. "To organize this and allow us to come into their classroom and offer us their time to read to the kids, it was great for our girls too. They got another opportunity to be involved in the community."
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