Softball Volunteers

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The Snow College softball team pose with a group of Manti Elementary School students.  The players volunteered as teacher aides on Tuesdays this fall as part of the AmeriCorps program at the school.  Photo by Mallory Wilkinson

The Snow College softball team pose with a group of Manti Elementary School students. The players volunteered as teacher aides on Tuesdays this fall as part of the AmeriCorps program at the school. Photo by Mallory Wilkinson

Playing on an intercollegiate athletic team is one thing, and being a full time college student is another. When balancing these two things, time becomes very precious. With these things in play the Snow College Softball team has made it a point to visit the local elementary school to help others.

Every Tuesday the players take time out of their schedule to go and visit these lucky elementary students and help out the teachers. It is part of the federal AmeriCorps National Service Program originated by VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) from an idea by John F. Kennedy.

The coordinator for the elementary school had this to say about the team, “Over the semester the ladies helped with kindergarten through sixth grade doing whatever the teachers needed of them.” Softball player Renee Fagg had this to say about the program, “We help the kids with assignments, just do what the amazing teachers need us to do to help out. It’s so fun. Recess is a blast with the kids. They enjoy playing tag, duck-duck-goose, or basketball. It’s always a great time, and I know the softball team looks forward to going!”

The player who helped organize the service opportunity for the team, Kayla Larson said, “It’s a great way to show the community that there is a softball team, and how we are out to help. We love the kids and really have a great time. We are here to show the kids how it’s important to focus on the classroom but also, how to have a balanced active life with fun things to do like sports.”

Bransen Wayne Jackson hails from Kanab, Utah and is a man of the outdoors; hunting, fishing and sports are some of his favorite activities. Despite being known to his friends as the “sarcastic, obnoxious guy,” he is outgoing and easy to get along with. Originally taking the Media Writing course just to get elective credit, Bransen says that writing for the Snowdrift has increased his interest in the newspaper industry and writing in general.

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