Members from the La Sierra University Mens Soccer team have found a way to give back to the community, by spending time at local elementary schools.
Several members of the team visited La Sierra Academy Elementary School. They spent time reading to the students and interacting with them in the classrooms through various activities.
"Reading With the Golden Eagles," is an event that the Mens Soccer coaching staff put together to help the athletes focus on their careers and personal development, as well as on community outreach.
"The athletes go into the classrooms and get a chance to really interact with the students," Coach Jesse Olivas said. "They don't just read to them; they participate in games and activities, and they talk to them about the importance of academics."
Coach Olivas said the teachers and staff at the schools have been supportive and always look forward to having the athletes back.
The classrooms who participate are typically between kindergarten and second grade.
"Even when they don't really know exactly who you are or what sport you play, they look up to you because you are a college athlete," said David Nolan, a Senior Captain on the Soccer team, "It's great to be able to serve as a role model to these kids, and a great opportunity to give back to the community."