NEWARK, Del. (Apr. 29, 2011) - On Thursday afternoon, the University of Delaware athletics department celebrated "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day", joining in the University's campus-wide programming initiative.
Employees of the university were encouraged to bring their children to work and gain a hands-on experience of life in college athletics, as well as gain perspective on the wealth of job opportunities.
Upon their arrival at the Bob Carpenter Center, director of athletics and recreation services, Bernard Muir, greeted the young Hens fans. Muir then explained the various components of intercollegiate athletics administration.
The young Blue Hens took a tour of the athletic training room in the Bob Carpenter Center, including a lesson in how to properly tape an ankle from head athletic trainer John Smith and assistant athletic trainers Dan Watson and Courtney Butterworth. After a demonstration, the young Blue Hens were allowed to tape an ankle, under the supervision of the trained professionals.
Following the tour of the athletic training room, the children met with head strength and conditioning coach Augie Maurelli. The students learned about the importance of strength and conditioning. After a brief lesson, the children had a chance to run through various agility drills in Acierno Arena.
Coming off of a run to the national championship game, head football coach K.C. Keeler spoke on the aspects of coaching. Keeler also presented the children with a special sneak peek of the highlight film the Blue Hen football team watched in Frisco, Texas the night before the championship game in January.
The fun and exciting day wrapped up with head basketball coaches Monté Ross and Tina Martin, The pair of basketball coaches ran through a typical team chalk talk session, as well as several drills utilized by the Blue Hens. The day concluded with a few drills followed by a fun game of knockout with members of the men's and women's basketball teams, won by 9 year old Logan Jordan.
"We were excited to be a part of this great University-wide event and provide the participants with the opportunity to experience a few of the aspects which comprise an athletic department's day-to-day responsibilities and introduce them to different careers within our unit, which they may not have known existed," said Muir of the days special guests and events.