Men’s golf volunteers at Boys and Girls Club
- Feb. 16, 2011
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The Jayhawk men’s golf team made its first trip to the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence last week. They did a variety of activities with the kids, ranging from playing dodgeball to just talking.
“We also helped some of the kids with their homework and just talked about life and what type of things they like to do,” Alex Gutesha, a sophomore from Greenwood Village, Colo., said.
The team also talked about golf to the kids and got a lot of interesting questions.
“One little boy wanted to know if we played disc golf or regular golf. He seemed disappointed that the answer wasn’t disc golf,” David Catt, a freshman from Shawnee, said. “We also talked about the importance of sportsmanship,” Nate Barbee, a senior from Dakota Dunes, S.D., said.
The players also gave the kids a few words of advice. “We also had to try and convince them that you can’t always win, and losing helps you get better,” Gutesha said.
When asked if the players were going to adopt a little brother or sister, assistant coach John Handrigan said, “We won’t right now because it was our first time, but hopefully we will in the future.”
Even through these tough economic times, the Boys and Girls Club has always been there for kids. “With the budget problems schools are having these days, kids can always use another teacher or adult presence to help them learn,” Catt explained.
Many of the players were happy with their visit and were reminded of their early years.
“The trip was a blast. It reminds me of when I was young, and I would have loved to hang with older college students at that age. It is fun to be the ‘role model’ for a change.” Gutesha said.
Many of the guys expressed their desire to go back, even with their busy schedules.
“I would definitely go back if I can find the time,” Catt said.
Edited by Erin Wilbert