Ivy Leaf - Spring 2009

Reinforcing Reading

Men's basketball team visits local elementary schools


The Penn State Altoona men’s basketball team spent some quality time away from the basketball court on January 6, as the players and Head Coach Alan Seretti visited local elementary schools. Before Seretti and his squad began reading scouting reports for their upcoming game at Pitt-Bradford, he and his players were reading books to students at Juniata Gap Elementary School in Altoona and Frankstown Elementary School in Hollidaysburg. Lion Assistant Coach Tim Keech is a third grade teacher at Frankstown.

"It was a huge success," recalled Seretti. "The teachers were very helpful and complimentary of our players, and the students really enjoyed listening to the books and asking the players questions. It was a rewarding and worthwhile experience for everyone involved."

The reading program is in conjunction with the NABC, the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Throughout the country, players and coaches from the NCAA, NAIA, and junior college ranks visit elementary schools in their area to promote the importance of reading and education to elementary age children. The program also allows collegiate basketball players to serve as needed role models to the youth of the community.

2009 marked the third straight year that the Lions have visited some area elementary schools. Seven classrooms at Penn Lincoln Elementary and four classrooms at Foot of Ten Elementary welcomed the Lion basketball squad with open arms in 2007, and Washington & Jefferson Elementary in Altoona hosted the team in 2008.