BEAR, Del. (Apr. 26, 2011) - On Friday, April 18, 14 members of various University of Delaware athletic teams, as well as members of the dance team, took time to visit Olive B. Loss Elementary School in Bear, Del.
The field trip was part of an initiative to get the young Blue Hen fans excited for the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System, which begins testing this week.
During their time at the elementary school, the student-athletes answered questions about their various sports, as well as general questions about the University of Delaware.
Following the Q&A portion, with questions ranging from "Who is your favorite athlete?" to "what do you want to be when you grow up?", the Delaware students read stories to the Olive B. Loss students to drive home the idea to "Beat That Test".
Soon after the reading and questions, the entire school, comprised of nearly 700 students from grades one through five gathered in the school's playground area for a dance party. Each class was featured and danced along side of their favorite UD student-athletes and dance team.
The Delaware dance team, which won the UDA College Nationals Hip-Hop Division in January, also performed.
After the dancing was done and the elementary students were ready to head home, the Delaware student-athletes formed a Hens High Five Tunnel as the students whispered "Beat That Test" on their way through the tunnel.
"It was a lot of fun being interactive with the kids, getting them ready for these very important tests but doing it in a fun way," said Katie Dennehy, a senior outside hitter on the volleyball team. "It was cool to see their eyes light up to see the Delaware athletes. It was a lot of smiles and a fun day."