Oct. 25, 2009
WASHINGTON - After seven-straight weeks of games and after having the previous 11 weeks filled with practice, meetings and classes, the Georgetown University football team had no game scheduled this week. And with the first weekday free in some time, seniors Jon Cassidy (Salem, N.H./St. John's Prep [Mass.]) and Robert Lane (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) did not take the opportunity to sleep in and rest. Instead, they woke up early and drove to Bethesda, Md., where they had a chance to sit with the first grade classes at Bradley Hills Elementary School.
The student-athletes arrived at the school at around 9 a.m. and then met with three classes of first graders, with Cassidy visiting with half of the students and Lane sitting in another classroom with the other half. It was a tremendous experience for both Cassidy and Lane. Here is their recap:
From Jon Cassidy...
"What better to do on a Monday morning, than feel a little blast from the past? As I walked down the hallways of the school, I thought to myself of all the good memories of growing up and of the occasional distraction from a visitor. Luckily Rob and I were able to be the distraction for a group of unbelievable children. Every single student paid attention and spoke only when called on. It was amazing how well behaved and polite they were. Although this occurred early in the morning, the pleasure was absolutely all mine. The kindness of the teachers as well of the students made me smile for the remainder of the day!
"There was of course some very funny little questions like, `Can you dress up like a football for Halloween so they can throw you in the game?'
"It was truly a great experience and I hope we will be able to return sometime later this year."
From Robert Lane...
"This past Monday, Jon Cassidy and I made a visit to Bradley Hills Elementary school in Bethesda, Md. to speak with a couple classes in the first grade. I know, I speak for Jon when I say this, but I had a really fun time interacting with these kids. The first couple minutes I spent talking about what it was like being a Georgetown football player, then afterwards was the fun part: Question and Answer. When I asked the kids if they had any questions, every single one of them raised their hands asking questions that ranged from "Have you ever jumped on someone playing football?" to "What are you going to be for Halloween?". I really enjoyed this experience and would love to do it again in the future."