In the Fall of 2013 and Spring of 2014, University of Akron Student Athletes participated in the freshman leadership program and chose to work with Spring Garden Waldorf School students.
In fall, the UA freshman spread 50 yards of new mulch on the SGWS playground. According to Spring Garden Admissions Director Amy Hecky, “This was a big, difficult job, and mulching our play area is essential for the safety of our children. We are so grateful the students were willing to come do such hard work.”
In the spring, a new group of freshman athletes talked to Spring Garden Grade Five students about what it means to be a college athlete. The college students spoke about the importance of sleep, nutrition, and good study habits, and the necessity for hours and hours of practice that might seem mundane, but is essential for competition. They also spoke to the importance of resilience — experiencing failure and getting up to try again. This message resonated with SGWS fifth graders who, at the time of the discussion, were training for a multi-school Pentathlon competition.
At the end of their involvement, the UA students decided to donate $200 to SGWS.
Hecky says, “We were so moved and honored by this kind gesture after all they had already bestowed on our school. We give a heartfelt thanks to The University of Akron and their generous student athletes.”