C-USA Men's Soccer Student-Athletes Visit Kendall-Whittier Elementary School

Nov. 10, 2011

TULSA, Okla. -- Conference USA men's soccer student-athletes spent Thursday morning at Kendall-Whittier Elementary School in Tulsa, Okla., as part of C-USA's continued efforts to become the best Division I-A collegiate conference in athletics, academics and in the community. Twelve players demonstrated soccer skills, shared their personal experiences and read to kindergarten, first- and second-grade students before an interactive session at a school assembly.

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Alex Clay, Tucker Stone, Jack Falle and Ian Michalak of No. 2 seed UAB, along with Will Hetico, Kyle Cox, Matt Goskins and Justin White of UCF and SMU’s Emmet Kumeh, Damian Rosales, Edu Aranda and Aaron Simmons visited the school. Each player spent one-on-one time with a classroom of students, answering a variety of questions about a range of topics including their academic work, physical fitness and experiences as a collegiate soccer player.

Student-athletes also read books to the class and in small group sessions. SMU’s Damian Rosales interacted with the students in English and Spanish.

The Conference USA Men's Soccer Championship semifinals will continue Friday at Hurricane Soccer Stadium. The first semifinal match between No. 1 South Carolina and No. 5 SMU will begin at 5 p.m., with No. 2 seed UAB facing No. 3 seed UCF at 7:30 p.m. The championship final will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. CST and will be televised live on CBS Sports Network. 



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