Nov. 12, 2003
WACO, Texas -
Baylor track athletes Jamen Saziru and Kyel Sletten visited two fifth grade physical education classes at Cedar Ridge Elementary on Tuesday. The visit was part of Bears United in Life Development (B.U.I.L.D.).
B.U.I.L.D., now in its sixth year, is a program that provides positive role models for Waco-area children. Student athletes are able to influence the life of a child through several different activities, including visits like this one.
Saziru, a 100m and 200m sprinter from Waco, discussed the importance of physical fitness and excelling in education. He explained that both of these disciplines require a positive attitude and good time management skills.
Sletten, who competes in the long jump and triple jump, told the children that two key aspects of physical fitness are eating right and warming up correctly.
"Warm-up is very important, because you don't want to get injured," Sletten said.
Jamen agreed, adding, "Last year I injured my hamstring because I didn't warm up properly."
Stacy Sorenson, Cedar Ridge's P.E. teacher, was excited to have the athletes speak to her classes.
"I just want them to realize what it takes to be a college athlete," she said, "because they need to know how hard you work and how dedicated you are."
Baylor Athletics also donated 200 basketball vouchers to Cedar Ridge, which Sorenson will use as a reward for good behavior and excellent grades.