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Student Athletes Give Back at Martin Luther King Celebration

Release: 01/19/2010
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AMES, Iowa - Members of the Iowa State Student Athlete Advisory Committee lent a hand in celebrating Martin Luther King Day at Ames Middle School Monday night. ISU athletes helped cut and distributed cake, passed out programs and mingled with members of the community. Senior gymnast and SAAC president Melanie Tham and junior gymnast Jasmine Swyningan also spoke at the ceremony relaying the importance of community service and involvement in the Ames area.

"I believe that Martin Luther King Day symbolizes a huge part of American history that definitely needs to be recognized," said Swyningan. "Any way that I can help with that I feel like I should."

Swim team junior Amy Bauer said her participation was about payback.

"We are in the spotlight," Bauer said. "It is important to give back and set a good example to young children and adults."

ISU Athletics Life Skills coordinator Jamie Hurst believes student-athletes giving back to the community is vital.

"We talk from day one how important it is to get our student-athletes out into the community for their well being and in terms of their service learning," Hurst said. "The Ames community is so supportive of athletics; it's even more important for our students to get back into this community as a way to say thank you."

The evening also consisted of a cake social, a performance by Meeker Elementary music students and a George Washington Carver impersonator.

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