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Coastal Carolina student-athletes read to HCS elementary schools

Coastal Carolina student-athletes took the time on CCU Wednesday morning to give back to the community by reading Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree" to 15 Horry County elementary schools as part of the United Way of Horry County Caring for Kindergartners program.

"The Coastal Carolina University Department of Athletics is proud to continue a long standing partnership with the United Way of Horry County by participating with the Caring for Kindergartners initiative," said Coastal Carolina associate athletic director for student-athlete enhancement Cari Rosiek. "The program provides a variety of positive results spanning from kindergartens to senior citizens. We look forward to participating in this successful event for years to come."

A total of 81 Chanticleer student-athletes among Coastal's 18 intercollegiate athletic programs, along with members of the cheerleading team, coaches and athletic administrators, participated in reading the timeless classic to 81 kindergarten classes.

Upon completing the book, the young students were able to put the lessons they learned on display by drawing pictures and creating their own greeting cards to be distributed to elderly, homebound citizens throughout Horry County. The kindergartners' cards will be attached to one of several hundred gift baskets intended for the senior shut-ins as part of the annual "Make Someone's May Day" program, now in its 16th year.

Wednesday's events extended a partnership between Coastal Carolina University and the United Way of Horry County that has existed since 2002 as a means of giving back to the community.


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