FAYETTEVILLE – Eight Razorback student-athletes kicked off the 2013 Sweat Hawgs program at Washington Elementary Thursday morning. Members from the Razorback gymnastics team, swim and dive team, and both men and women’s basketball teams talked to the elementary school students about the importance of eating healthy and staying active.
Sophomore diver Shelby Bartlett talked about what she enjoys about the Sweat Hawgs program.
"We get to go out and talk to kids," Bartlett said. "Getting to see people in the community and express our appreciation is very important."
Senior swimmer Lizzy Whitbeck also commented on the importance of interacting with the youth in the community.
"I love interacting with kids and making a difference in their lives," Whitbeck said. "I know coming to this school is so small for us, it is about 30 minutes out of our day. I know that they are going to go home and tell all of their friends about it. I know it means a lot to them and so it means a lot to me."
The Sweat Hawgs program is a collaborative community outreach effort between the University of Arkansas Athletic Department and the Fayetteville Public Schools.
Sweat Hawgs launched its pilot program during the 2004-05 academic year. The program, now in its eighth year reaches out to the third, fourth and fifth graders in all nine Fayetteville and Farmington elementary schools.
For more information on the Sweat Hawgs program visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.