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New Salem 5th Graders Go To College
The Wingate University women’s basketball hosted the inaugural Future Bulldog Day Wednesday, as the Bulldogs faced Lander in a Southeast Region game in Cuddy Arena. Future Bulldog Day is an event for local fifth-grade students to visit the Wingate campus for a day and enjoy tours, motivational speakers and NCAA Division II basketball.
Six local elementary schools sent 432 students and chaperones to the event. Five schools from Union County (Wingate, Union, Rock Rest, New Salem and Union Academy) and one school from Stanly County (East Albemarle) made history December 19th by attending the inaugural Future Bulldog Day.
“We are thrilled about the inaugural Future Bulldog Day and the opportunity to expose elementary-age children to the doors which can open to them through higher education,” Wingate head coach Ann Hancock says. “Hopefully, the students seeing our campus and the possibilities which exist at the collegiate level…will spark and motivate them to want to excel when they return to their classrooms.”
“The chance for East Albemarle fifth-grade students to explore life on the ‘other side’ of the river will prove for some to be an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and experience,” East Albemarle Elementary School principal Dr. Rhonda Gainey says. “We are truly grateful for the opportunity to take part in the inaugural Future Bulldog Day at Wingate University; we look forward to a day full of excitement, opportunity and a win for the Bulldogs!”
Hancock and her teams hosted several similar events during her time as head coach at UNC Wilmington. “Mike Merrill was our director of basketball operations at UNCW,” Hancock says. “He was very instrumental in getting the Education Day event from idea to reality.”
Hancock is quick to credit local businesses for their Future Bulldog Day involvement. “Papa John’s Pizza and SunTrust Bank have been tremendous partners in supporting this project and helping get it off the ground,” Hancock says. “We look forward to continuing to join with the community to make Wingate University and Union County a great place to live and work.”
Written by: Gina James
Posted: Jan 02, 2013 by Gina James