BOSTON (Dec. 21, 2010) - Over 100 middle school students from The Curley School, Orchard Gardens, & The Dearborn School attended a field trip to Northeastern University for the women's basketball game against Holy Cross on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 21, 2010.
Intention of the field trip was to make the students aware of the
opportunities presented to them by attending college and to stress the
importance of hard work, goal setting and education.
Bob Gittens, VP for Public Affairs worked with the headmasters to schedule the out the chain of events.
Speaking to the students was Amanda Braun (Senior Associate Athletics
Director at Northeastern), Dan Lebowitz (Director of Sport in Society),
Donnie Perkins (Dean & Director of Institutional Diversity), former
student-athletes Sean Fracalossi (football) Erin Johnson (track &
field) and Mike Lyon (baseball) (all three currently in the degree completion program), and Ashlee Feldman.
Highlights of the speaking included Dean Perkins urging the young
students to write down their high school graduation year and make sure
they achieve that goal, then attend college and then graduate and get a
Braun spoke about goal setting which led one young student to state his
goal was to get straight A's and graduate high school so he could go to
Lyon spoke about how he was lucky enough to play professional baseball
but even luckier to be attending a school like Northeastern that is
supporting him even after his playing days. Mike will graduate in May
with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Feldman spoke about how her basketball-playing experience and trials
broadcasting basketball games for WRBB 104.9 FM (Northeastern's student
radio station) gave her the opportunity to be on the Real World so she
could try and get a job in sports broadcasting. All the hard work paid
off and Feldman will be working in sports radio come January.
Before the Huskies defeated Holy Cross, 76-65, the women's basketball
team stopped by for a meet and greet and autograph session!
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