HARRISONBURG, Va. (January 11, 2012) - The James Madison men's basketball team began 2012 with a visit to local Smithland Elementary School as special guests for the school's reading program.

The team spent the morning reading books with the kindergarten students of Andrea Skelton's classroom in collaboration with the school's reading theme: "Exercise your brain, read! Exercise your body, move!"

Redshirt junior guard A.J. Davis remarked, "It's always good to go read to the kids at the elementary school. It's always fun walking into the school and kids saying you're very tall. Being able to give back to the community is always good."

Senior guard Humpty Hitchens added, "It was a humbling experience where we can interact with the students and actually give back to the community."

The team reads to elementary school students once a month, maintaining a relationship with children and families in the community.

"I enjoyed every moment of it. I think it's always good to give back and do something like that. I had just as much fun reading to them as they did reading to me. I am very thankful I got the chance to read to them and would love to do it again," added redshirt junior guard Devon Moore.

"We have been excited to be part of the reading program. Our players are always eager to spend time reading and interacting with the young people in the program," said head coach Matt Brady. "Our players feel strongly that the reading program is such a positive way to help others understand the power of reading and learning. We hope to stay involved in this program each and every year."