Purple Knights Take Part in Read Across America, Basketball Teams Hosting Adaptive Clinic

Purple Knights Take Part in Read Across America, Basketball Teams Hosting Adaptive Clinic

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College student-athletes continue to be involved in their local community, as Purple Knights read to elementary school children on Thursday as part of Read Across America Day, while the men's and women's basketball teams will host a free adaptive clinic through the Eric D. Dettenrieder (EDD) Memorial Fund on Sunday for children and young adults with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities.

Nine student-athletes read to children at JFK Elementary School in Winooski on Thursday, taking part in the National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America event. Now in its 20th year, Read Across America is celebrated in March in conjunction with the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss, who was born on March 2. The NEA Read Across America's official site is nea.org/ReadAcross.

Women's cross country senior Leah Seften (Bolton, Conn./Bolton), field hockey senior Jenna Deschaine (Claremont, N.H./Stevens), sophomore Bryn Churchill (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) and first-year Molly Humiston (Kittery, Maine/R.W. Traip Academy), men's golf junior Tucker Buteau (Gorham, Maine/Tilton School) and sophomore Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional), Nordic skiing senior Micaela Flagg (Wolfeboro, N.H./Kingswood Regional), women's tennis senior Amelia Weeks (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey), and senior Emma Barnes (Amherst, Wis./Amherst), a member of the women's cross country and Nordic skiing teams, all took part.

On Sunday, the basketball teams will host an adaptive clinic in the Ross Sports Center at 12 p.m., with the student-athletes organizing and leading the drills and activities for the visiting athletes. The Purple and Gold will teach skills in a non-competitive setting, with a scrimmage and an awards ceremony to follow. No prior basketball experience is necessary for attendees. The basketball programs are following the lead of the women's soccer team, which has hosted a clinic through the EDD Memorial Fund each of the past eight falls, and four of the past five springs.

Through programming such as this weekend's event, the EDD Memorial Fund will reach 300 kids and young adults with disabilities this year. For more information, contact EDD Memorial Fund Director Gretchen Owens at (802) 399-4366 or events@eddfund.org, or visit eddfund.org and facebook.com/eddfund. The EDD Memorial Fund, which is named for the late Dettenrieder, who worked as a ski instructor for terminally ill children, serves to build self-confidence and purpose in young people with disabilities through providing sports opportunities. The fund provides recreational and competitive sports programs for individuals with disabilities in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont.