By NATALIE SCOTT
Members of the Youngstown State womens basketball team visited Robinwood Elementary School Jan. 7 to help the students work on their basketball skills.
“The players will be at our school today for a total of about two hours,” said physical education instructor Jen Flores. “The YSU players need to do a certain amount of community service and we thought this would be one fun way for them to accomplish that.”
Flores contacted the YSU coach and asked him if the team would come. Flores was a player on the YSU womens basketball team during her college career and she knew her students could benefit from this kind of interaction.
The students worked on their skills by participating in a variety of games. One game, called dribble-tag, helped the students gain experience dribbling the ball in a controlled manner. Another game was a relay style practice, in which students had to dribble the ball to the other side of the room, around a cone and back to pass the ball to the next child in line. The whole line, YSU players included, had to do the activity and whichever line finished first was the winner.
“It’s really nice to come back to the school and see all of the changes that happen here,” said Monica Touvelle, a YSU player who went to school in Boardman and spent her elementary years at Robinwood. “I really enjoy the games with the kids and it’s really nice to be able to come back now and support my alma mater.”