Three University of Mount Union football players took time away from their studies on and off the football field to help with a kindergarten lesson Tuesday at Alliance Early Learning School.
At the request of Professor Kevin Kern, chairperson of the Department of Theatre and a parent of a kindergartern student, Kareem Young (Willoughby/Willoughby South), Cole Parrish (reedmoor, N.C./South Granville) and Mitch Doraty (Medina/Medina) read stories to the children.
Kern explains though there was a purpose to having three football players come and read.
"The teachers were having some trouble getting the kids to understand that there's nothing wrong with boys reading about princesses or girls playing football," stated Kern. "So, I asked these guys to travel to the school with me and read some books."
The books included ...
- The Ballerina Princess
- Not All Princesses Wear Pink
- Max - The story of a boy who takes ballet
"It became fairly apparent to the kindergartners that there is indeed nothing wrong with a man the size of Mitch Doraty reading about a princess, and if Kareem Young says boys can take Ballet then, yeah – boys can take Ballet," said Kern. "Cole Parrish's book was a nod to the girls who like to play football, shoot hoops, and get a little muddy."
With the lesson complete, Kern stated what he thinks makes each of three men productive members of the Purple Raiders and the campus as a whole.
"They displayed the kind of bravery and selflessness that makes for not only good teammates, but good citizens."