PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – University of Maryland Eastern Shore student-athletes served as mentor coaches for Pemberton Elementary School students on Oct. 9.
"This was a lot of fun," said Skylar Murray, a freshman baseball student-athlete. In all, nine UMES student-athletes from baseball, women's basketball and track and field participated.
TeAmber Burke, a child development major and guard from women's basketball said, "It was a lot of fun to help the young kids. This gave us a chance to be active and teach the kids about the sports we love."
The UMES Student-Athlete Advisory Committee takes part in planning and coordinating many of the community outreach events that student-athletes are involved with throughout the year, officials said.
The student-athletes played basketball, tag and attempted to bounce on a "hippity-hop ball." Dillon Simon (track and field) and Chalyse Taylor (women's basketball) were each challenged to a hula-hoop contest by the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten kids that were in attendance.
UMES visited with Pemberton Elementary School students from 5:30 p.m-6:30 p.m., and entertained kids and parents alike.