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ITES 5th Graders Attend Wingate University's Future Bulldog Day

 Wingate, N.C.----The Wingate University women’s basketball team hosts the third annual Future Bulldog Day Tuesday, Dec. 9, as the Bulldogs will face Shaw in an 11 a.m. 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.

Ten local elementary schools will send 1059 students and chaperones to the event. Eight schools from Union County (East, Rock Rest, Indian Trail, Poplin, Prospect, Waxhaw, Wingate and Unionville), one school from Anson County (Peachland-Polkton) and one school from Mecklenburg County (Polo Ridge) will attend the third annual Future Bulldog Day.

“(Future Bulldog Day) is one of the neatest community service projects we do each year,” Wingate head women’s basketball coach Ann Hancock says. “I think it provides hope for a bright future to students who might not otherwise realize the opportunities available to them through education. Their excitement and enthusiasm are inspirational to everyone involved.”

“This field trip is important to show our students what the future can hold and help them to strive for their dreams,” Indian Trail fifth-grader teacher and grade-level chair Suzanne Feinstein says. “It fits into our Seven Habits of Healthy Kids by showing students if they ‘Put First Things First’ and ‘Begin With the End in Mind,’ they can accomplish great things in their future.”

Wingate’s student-athletes take something away from the Future Bulldog Day. “(Future Bulldog Day) has been a great experience and a chance to meet some awesome kids in the community,” Wingate senior guard Kelli Bonner (Yadkinville, N.C.) says. “I love the atmosphere that the kids create. It’s always my favorite game of the year.”

Hancock and her teams hosted several similar events during her time as head coach at UNC Wilmington. “(Current Anderson University assistant coach) 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.”

“Future Bulldog Day shows me there is hope for Wingate’s future,” Wingate sophomore forward Janna Johnson (Wake Forest, N.C.) says.

Written by: Jessica Cosma
Posted: Dec 09, 2014 by Jessica Cosma

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