2013 Men's Track & Field January Intersession Community Outreach

For the Men's Track & Field Program, the word "intersession" means two things - double practices in the morning / afternoon AND giving back. As the men have done for a number of years, each day in between the 7 AM and 3 PM training sessions, a group of 4-5 guys head to the Amherst Survival Center to help the center prepare and serve meals, do inventory, put things away and anything that the center needs help with. This year marked the first days in their new building and it was great for the team to be involved in the moving in process. In addition to helping at the Survival Center, the team also participated in the Amherst College Day at the Crocker Farm school just down the road. The Amherst College day was started a couple of years ago by school principal (and former Amherst XC & Track captain) Mike Morris, and the team has been involved every year. The day exposes the kids - ranging in age from 4th - 6th grade - to some of the opportunities that college may hold for them, and get them thinking about those prospects early. Numerous sports, and their respective coaches and athletes - par tic pate in the day, as do a variety of Amherst professors and the kids always seem to enjoy themselves. Using 1/2 of their gym, we - Dillon Buckley, Wrenford Thaffe, Lucas Lebovitz, Cole Hawkins and Scott-Gemmell-Davis and Coach Ned - talked about the sport, and the variety of events that people do before getting to the real fun. Bring in shot puts, hurdles and turbo javs, the team showed the kids proper form and then let them run and throw the equipment. We had a lively class that had a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and to finish the day, we got out the batons and did some relay races. Everyone else was all wrapped up while our kids were still sprinting around the gym, andif not for the need to return to class, I am not sure if they would ever have stopped.

 

Some pictures posted by Amherst College photographer Rob Mattson - Amherst College Day Photos