Tigers in the CommUNITY!
Broken Arrow Football players, reading to Elementary students
Today, 29 Broken Arrow varsity football student-athletes participated in a community service project focusing on reading to local elementary students. Various classrooms at Rhoades, Oak Crest, Arrowhead, Highland Park, and Timber Ridge participated. Mrs. Zumwalde’s 5th grade class at Timber Ridge had a special moment today when five football players stopped in to share some life lessons on the importance of school, making good grades, and how it impacts your team, friendship, respect, and following your heart!
Head football coach, Josh Blankenship, had this to say about the “SERVICE” pillar of TIGER S.T.R.I.P.E.S. and why work done for the betterment of school and community should always be a focus.
“Our players spending time with the younger generation is great for the elementary schools and those kids, but it is even bigger for these high school players to see the positive impact they can make and the responsibilities that come with that.”
Senior, Dax Salisbury said, “When I was this age, football players came and read to me and I looked up to them, which is why this is meaningful.” “It has come full circle and now I’m the one reading and spending time with the kids.”
Junior, Jackson Martin mentioned, because he has little brothers at home, being a role model is important to him. He said, “having someone to look up to, just makes their day better.”
“It’s amazing to see the influence we have on kids and the community and how it reminds us what is most important in life…giving back.” - Junior, Chance Marick