Dec. 18, 2012
HOUSTON - The University of Houston swimming and diving program spent a day away from their own studies and spent time reading to the children of McFee Elementary School in Katy last week.
"At McFee, it is their collective mission to ensure that all students go to college," said head coach Augie Busch. "In many cases, the kids there come from less fortunate backgrounds where they would be the first to obtain a college degree. Through reading and spending time with them, I hope we kindled some excitement and inspiration for them to be serious and passionate about this pursuit. Our team found it to be an awesome and rewarding experience and we're looking forward to going back in the near future."
After reading books to the classroom, the team was treated to a pep rally put on by the entire school.
"I have always enjoyed working with children in the past, but never had much experience with them outside of an athletic environment," said senior Colleen Donovan. "I thought it was awesome to be able to come to them not only as athletes but also college students and answer their questions about our sport and also our college experience. I hope we were able to provided some encouragement to continue working towards their goals regardless of what they are, academic, athletic, or anything else."
The University of Houston swimming and diving team heads to Hawai'i for the annual winter training trip from Jan. 2-12 before returning home for competition. The next meet for the Cougars is at UNT on Jan. 16.