KINDERGARTEN TO COLLEGE – MARCH & APRIL
Throughout the month of March and April, 5th grade students from all over Virginia had a chance to visit Virginia Tech as a part of the “Kindergarten to College” program. This year marks the fifth year of the program, sponsored by Virginia Tech's School of Education and VT-STEM K-12 Outreach Initiative, which aims at encouraging young students to start thinking early about the benefits of a college education.
The Kindergarten to College program incorporates academic experiences like visits to engineering, physics and robotics labs as well as social experiences like lunch at D2 Dining Hall with members of the Corps of Cadets. During their time on campus, students had the opportunity to tour Virginia Tech Athletics Facilities and interact with Tech student-athletes. The Hokies spent time interacting with children and shared personal stories about their experiences as students and athletes at Virginia Tech.
The Kindergarten to College program is supported by the Virginia Tech president's and provost's offices, along with the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences; College of Engineering; College of Science; the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute; the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology; the Department of Athletics; and the Corps of Cadets.
TECH STUDENT-ATHLETES CHEER ON SPECIAL OLYMPIC ATHLETES – FEBRUARY 23
Special Olympics Virginia hosted the 25th annual Southwest Regional Basketball Tournament on Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Cassell Coliseum. As twenty-four Special Olympics teams from across the Commonwealth of Virginia filled Cassell Coliseum, Hokie student-athletes were there to cheer them on throughout the event.
“The Voice of the Hokies” Mike Burnop served as master of ceremonies, and Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations, Tom Gabbard, welcomed everyone to Cassell Coliseum. Jazmine Reeves, senior member of the women’s soccer team was also in attendance to read the Special Olympic Oath.
Senior Hokie women’s soccer player Ashley Manning was instrumental in organizing student-athletes volunteers for the event. She worked with Nancy Morehouse, Special Olympics Virginia Southwest Region Director, to coordinate student-athletes to sign autographs for fans, serve as marshals during the Parade of Athletes and to stand in as the “home team” crowd as they cheered on the Special Olympic athletes. “My teammates and I have always volunteered for the Annual Special Olympics Basketball Tournament in Cassell Coliseum, said Manning. “However, this year I wanted to get more involved with planning the event. I had a great time contacting fellow student-athletes who were all more than willing to participate in the event. All the teams had fun interacting with the Special Olympic athletes.”
CELEBRATING NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY – FEBRUARY 20
The Virginia Tech Athletics Office of Student-Athlete Development hosted the 2nd annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day event on Thursday, February 20, 2014 in conjunction with Girl Scouts of America and Kappa Delta Sorority. This event celebrated the 28th anniversary of National Girls and Women in Sports Day which is marked annually with events around the country to commemorate the achievements of girls and women in athletics. It is also an important day to support the continued increase of opportunities for girls and women to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives.
Kappa Delta Sorority hosted a pre-game party for the Girl Scouts of Roanoke and New River Valley which included food, games, poster making, and an autograph session from members of the Volleyball, Women’s Tennis and Women’s Soccer teams. Senior women’s soccer student-athlete, Jazmine Reeves, was on hand to speak to Scouts as well. This year’s theme, “Passing the Torch, Blazing the Trail,” was fitting as Reeves recently became the first Hokie drafted into the National Women’s Soccer League.
Reeves discussed the skills that shaped her into who she is today and what she learned through her participation in intercollegiate athletes. She also shared with the group that although she “didn’t have others’ past experience to help make her decision, she saw her chance to play in the NWSL as an opportunity to pave the way for others in the future.”
Following the pre-game party, the Scouts and their families watched the Hokie Women’s Basketball team as they earned a 69-62 win over ACC rival Pittsburgh. This event is one of the many ways the Virginia Tech Athletics Office of Student-Athlete Development enables student-athletes to make meaningful contributions to their communities.
2014 STUDENT-ATHLETE CAREER JUMPSTART – JANUARY 28
The Office of Student-Athlete Development hosted the 2014 Student-Athlete Career Jumpstart on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 in the Lane Stadium South End Zone Club Rooms. This two-part event was open exclusively to junior and senior Virginia Tech student-athletes and was composed of a career fair and etiquette dinner.
The following organizations were in attendance: