Aug. 14, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - Community service is an important part of being a student-athlete at Fresno State. Thursday morning, the Fresno State volleyball team took time out of their practice schedule to head north to the Children's Hospital of Central California in Madera to volunteer their time.
All 14 members of the team along with head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell and assistant coach Ed Jackson arrived at the hospital around 8:45 a.m. Once there, team members were split into several different groups which headed to different areas of the hospital.
For the first hour, groups of three student-athletes were reading books to children in the waiting rooms of Medical Imaging, the Heart Center, Neurology, the Pulmonology Center and Oncology clinics among others. The program is part of the Literacy Fair put on by the hospital quarterly.
"I started out nervous about if the older kids would respond or not but everyone was really laid back," said freshman libero Sarah Oglesby. "The kids would then come out and choose books they wanted us to read to them. I read '10 Little Monkey's Jumping on the Bed,' and `Yankee Doodle,' a lot of books that were my favorites when I was little."
Some of the team was then taken up to the inpatient rooms to read to kids who were staying nights and some of them weeks in the hospital.
After another hour, the Bulldogs went to the inpatient playroom and classroom to play with the kids and interacted with George the Giraffe, the mascot of the hospital.
A friendly game of volleyball was then played in the playground area with members of the volleyball team, patients, their parents and George.
"It was a really awesome experience coming back," said sophomore libero Kelly Mason. "We came last year and it was really fun. We geo to go and hang out with the kids and make their day. They get so excited for us to read to them and they get to keep their books."
"Join the State - Fresno State!" - New Head Coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell and the Bulldog Volleyball team open the 2008 season on Friday, August 29th at 7 p.m. as they host Cal State Bakersfield in the Fresno State Tournament at the Save Mart Center. Be sure to purchase your Family and Friends Flex Pack which includes 48 general admission tickets (4 for each home game) to be used as you please for $89 by logging on to www.gobulldogs.com and visiting the tickets page, calling the Bulldog Ticket Office at (559) 278-DOGS, or stopping by the Bulldog Ticket Office.
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