KANSAS CITY, Mo. – On Friday, Sept. 23, four UMKC student-athletes visited Belinder Elementary School in Prairie Village, Kansas, to volunteer as part of the school’s Walk-A-Thon event hosted by the Belinder PTA.
Women’s basketball player Justice Collins (Springfield, Ill.), women’s soccer goalkeeper Anna Lillig (Kansas City, Mo.), and men’s soccer players Edmund Howe (St. Louis, Mo.) and Bronson Watts (Camden, N.C.) took time out of their Friday afternoon to visit the elementary school. The student-athletes spoke in front of over 400 elementary students and their parents about how they became involved in sports and the importance of staying active.
“I think it is important for young kids to see exercise as something fun,” Lillig said. “Even when I was little I didn’t have plans to become a college athlete, I just played every sport I could because it was so much fun.”
The UMKC student-athletes also walked with the students during their event and cheered them on, and even signed some autographs for the students.
“It’s always great to help out with the community, especially when it is benefitting someone directly” Howe said. “The Walk-A-Thon is a great event and having UMKC student-athletes be a part of it was very rewarding.”
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