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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

October 26, 2005

Men's Basketball Team Participates in NABC Reading Program

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- The Northwest Missouri State men's basketball team recently participated in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Reading Program. Several student-athletes from the Bearcat basketball team read to a total of 440 students from kindergarten to fourth grade at Eugene Field Elementary School on Oct. 18 & 19. Graduate assistant coach Sheldon Saxton oversaw the literacy program for the squad.

"It was a great opportunity for us to meet some of the faces in the community and going out to them," said Saxton. "It was a wonderful experience seeing the kids react to the players coming there."

On Tuesday, senior Austin Meyer (Blue Springs, Mo.) and sophomore Andy Peterson (Trenton, Mo.) read to the various kids while senior Addae Houston (Dallas, Tex.) and redshirt freshman Hunter Henry (Lenexa, Kan.) went on Wednesday.

"I had a great time," said Meyer. "It is always great when you have a chance to be a positive role model to kids."

Houston added to Meyer's comments. "It was a great experience for me. The kids were great and I hope they understand how important reading is in their lives."

As part of the Literacy Program, players and coaches from the NCAA, NAIA, and junior college ranks visited select elementary schools in their area to promote the importance of reading and education to elementary aged children.

The NABC was founded in 1927 and currently claims approximately 5,000 members from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, junior college and high school. Since its inception, the NABC has continually worked to further the best interests of the game of basketball as well as the players and coaches who participate in the sport.

The Bearcats open up the 2005-06 season at the Ryland Milner Centennial Classic at Bearcat Arena on Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

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Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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