What better way to continue the “Women in Sports Week” than with five classroom visits to local middle schools by our city’s talented collegiate student-athletes?
The Louisville Women’s Sports Network’s Student Athlete Mentoring Program (STAMP) kicked off its Fall season by connecting four female, collegiate student athlete with five classrooms at three different schools in the area. On Sept. 21, athletes from track and field as well as lacrosse spoke to students at Newburg Middle and Western Middle. The next day, athletes from those same sports spoke to three different class periods at Carrithers Middle.
The STAMP mentors discussed a host of topics with the boys and girls, from self-esteem and reputation to social media and cyberbullying to the importance of academics. They each shared personal experiences from their middle school days and gave insight to the kids on what it is like to balance being a college student and an athlete at the same time.
Stay tuned as we bring you updates of STAMP throughout the Fall and Spring!
STAMP brings female, college student athletes into middle school classrooms within the public, private and parochial sectors throughout the Louisville region. STAMP mentors facilitate 40-minute discussions with the youth comprised of talking points and Q&A. STAMP mentors open the sessions by sharing their backgrounds, then discuss the value of playing sports and being active as keys to their own success. STAMP mentors also stress the need of being good students and role models.
Topics discussed at sessions include respect for teachers/classmates, staying active, community service, and more.
STAMP mentors are nominated by a consortium of coaches, athletic directors, and administrators as much for their performance in the classroom and community involvement as for their athletic participation and achievement. The Louisville Women’s Sports Network is thankful for the Title Sponsorship of Becker Law Office and the Silver Sponsorship of Raising Cane’s to help promote the message of STAMP.