In their continuing quest to provide as much community support and service as possible, the Baylor Lady Bear basketball team visited South Bosque Elementary School on Wednesday.
The event was originally schedule for a couple of weeks ago and three players were scheduled to attend. But, that day turned out to be a rare `snow day' here in Central Texas and school was cancelled. Today, the entire team was able to attend.
Upon arrival, the Lady Bears were treated to the entire first grade performing a song on the school's stage. They were practicing for a performance they will give on Thursday. If today's performance was any indication as to how they'll do tomorrow, they'll nail it!!!!
After watching the students perform, the Lady Bears were split up amongst the school's first grade classrooms. Groups of three or four players read to the children and explained to them how important reading is and how important it is to maintain good grades.
Inside Baylor Sports' Ashley Farrell was there to record the visit, enjoy.
Pink Zone Auction Starts Tuesday
After the Baylor Texas A&M Pink Zone game on Monday, as part of the WBCA Pink Zone initiative, Baylor Athletics, in partnership with CBS College Sports, is auctioning off several items to help promote breast cancer awareness.
A total of 11 commemorative and game-used items from the game on Monday, Feb. 14 will be available online for bidding from Tuesday, Feb. 15 through Monday, Feb. 21. Check back after the game for an auction link. All proceeds generated by the auction will be donated to the Kay Yow Cancer FundTM. To learn more about this organization visit http://www.kayyow.com.
Online Auction items include:
Jones Does It All For Baylor
It's easy to find many decorated players when glancing at the Baylor Lady Bears roster. There's the All-World Brittney Griner who headlines the frontcourt, superstar-in-waiting McDonald's All-American Odyssey Sims, and then there's senior Melissa Jones.
Jones, a two-time captain for the Lady Bears, has been a staple for what head coach Kim Mulkey has preached for her program. Mulkey has recruited a number of superstars that can light up the scoreboards but for Jones it's her unique ability to do things beyond the stat sheet that more often than not get over-looked.
"Melissa Jones is every coaches dream," said Mulkey. "If you could have a team full of Melissa Jones you would win national championships every year."
It's not just the work ethic and the leadership skills that Jones possesses that have made her the basketball player that she is today, it's her versatility and her ability to do a number of different things on the court that make her a tough match-up for opposing teams.
To read for full article on Big12Sports.com, click here.
Jones' Story: President's Scholarship Initiative
Baylor senior guard Melissa Jones is featured on Baylor.edu as part of the President's Scholarship Invitiative.
A Baylor senior athlete, Melissa's name has corresponded with win after win after win as she has flashed her moves on the court, scoring impossible three-point shots and holding an intimidating presence that clears the basket for her teammates. So, after months of intense training to stay on her game, while balancing the workload of her speech communications major, you would think Melissa would kick back for the summer--but that's not the story for this star student-athlete.
Instead, Melissa closed her eyes to her own gratification and opened them to the despair (and the surprising joy) of orphans and impoverished families in Kenya. Joining with teams of Baylor student-athletes, Melissa has spent part of her last two summers serving the least of these--bringing value and hope to those who are too often forgotten.
"Many of the children on the streets are so inspirational, as they wish to get on their feet and do things such as go back to school," Melissa recalled. "It brings tears to my eyes to see what they have to go through."
Check out the full story HERE.