Three members of the Wesleyan football squad, along with assistant coach Jeff McDonald, recently visited Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell, Conn., to speak on the importance of sportsmanship and fair play. Wesleyan has been visiting Woodside for the past year and a half thanks to a connection between McDonald and Woodside principal Bo Ryan, a former quarterback at Western Connecticut State University. The team most recently visited on Wednesday, Jan. 11, accompanied by members of the women's basketball and men's ice hockey teams.
A group of Wesleyan players visits Woodside each Friday before a home game during the season, and this group was specially requested by the Woodside fourth grade teachers, who had observed unsportsmanlike conduct during recess games of touch football among their students. Following the half-hour presentation, Ryan made up a banner featuring the points discussed by the Wesleyan contingent, and three banners now hang in the Woodside playground.
Making the trip to Woodside to present were (L to R) McDonald, John Kuhn '15, Jon Lis '13 and Ernie Wingate '14.
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