FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas men’s and women’s basketball programs visited with local children on Friday to promote healthy habits and exercise.
The day began with seniors Fred Gulley and Davion Spivey joining Vandergriff Elementary School students to kick off their Sweat Hawgs program. Sweat Hawgs launched in 2004 and is now in its 10th year and incorporates the third-, fourth- and fifth-graders from all nine Fayetteville public and private elementary schools. Each month throughout the academic year highlights a different sport and competition amongst the school for prizes and fun activities in conjunction with the University of Arkansas athletic department. The student-athletes spoke with students to promote and prioritize health and physical fitness while sharing their own athletic experiences. The event finished with a shoot-off between a student and Spivey.
Seniors Kikko Haydar and Rickey Scottwere joined by freshman Manuale Watkins at Donald W. Reynolds Boys and Girls Club in combination with their Worldwide Day of Play event. The student-athletes were part of the opening ceremonies and played various games with the children at the event, a national campaign run by Nickelodeon to promote children stepping away from television and electronics to play for an hour a day. As a special finale to the event, the student-athletes were ‘slimed’, covered in a green goo, in front of the group.
Scotty Thurman, director of student-athlete development, caught up with RazorVision this week to talk about the team’s community service and why they feel it is important to give back.
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