Feb. 19, 2013
CHICAGO - On February 5, members of the Loyola men's golf team and women's track & field team visited Johnson Elementary in Chicago to speak with middle school students about goal setting. The World Sports Chicago "Athlete Ambassador" program is designed to reach out to Chicago's youth by partnering with groups such as Loyola University Chicago.
"I think that the World Sports Chicago Athletic Ambassador program is the perfect way to get our student-athletes giving back to the community and building positive relationships," said Cole Hyland, assistant men's golf coach at Loyola. "I also wanted to challenge our golfers to become role models that will have a lasting impact on the kids they interact with."
Loyola student-athletes spent time with Johnson's students. With the theme of goal setting as the backdrop, the student-athletes presented worksheets that allowed students to spend time discussing both short and long-term goals. They also stressed on the importance and value of goal setting. The students then spent time completing "Personal Goal Statements" and "Fitness Goal" worksheets.
"Anytime we can reach out to Chicago's youth and provide a positive influence we are happy to be involved," stated Randy Hasenbank, head men's and women's track & field coach at Loyola. "The students at Johnson were very eager to hear from the Loyola student athletes. Our student-athletes are not that far removed from middle school themselves so I think it is valuable for these middle school students to see first hand how goal setting at this age can be a springboard or platform to achieving success both athletically and academically."
World Sport Chicago's Athlete Ambassador Program matches intercollegiate athletes, Olympians and Paralympians with Chicago elementary schools to inspire, encourage and motivate Chicago kids to make positive life choices that are important both in school and in sports. Athlete Ambassadors meet with their partner elementary schools at least three times a year to develop a relationship with the students and to serve as positive role models. In most cases, two Athlete Ambassadors will be matched with a single school. For those Athlete Ambassadors who are current student-athletes, community service hours may be awarded for this activity. The goal of the program is to have a consistent presence of positive and inspiring role models that leaves a lasting impact on the students as they prepare for the future.