June 28, 2012
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ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio student-athletes have taken time out of their busy schedules to participate in the Rufus Reads program this summer at local libraries throughout Southeast Ohio.
Through the summer program, Bobcat student-athletes have made visits to the Nelsonville and Chauncey Public Libraries and have four more visits planned in the months of June and July.
The Rufus Reads Program allows Ohio University student-athletes to visit local libraries and spend time reading books and spending time with young students from kindergarten through sixth grade.
"It's a lot of fun interacting with these kids because a lot of them are aspiring to be athletes," said Student Athlete Advisory Community president and Ohio football tight end Jordan Thompson. "I think these kids really spending time with us because it gives them an opportunity to get to know the student-athletes they cheer for when they come to games and I know we enjoy spending time with them."
The program was implemented by the CHAMPS/Life Skills program within the Ohio athletic department back in 2008 in an effort to build a strong relationship between Ohio Athletics and the local communities.
During the visits, student-athletes give the youngsters an opportunity to ask questions and talk one-on-one with their favorite Bobcats.
The student-athletes discuss specific topics with the students, such as maintaining strong study skills throughout elementary, middle and high school. The activities conclude with a special guest appearance from Rufus himself which tends to be the most exciting part for the students.
Remaining Rufus Reads Dates
Thursday, June 28 - 2:00 PM - Wells Library (Albany)
Tuesday, July 17 - 2:00 PM - The Plains Public Library
Tuesday, July 17 - 6:30 PM - Athens Public Library
Tuesday, July 24 - 4:00 PM - Coolville Public Library