May 31, 2013

Four Bulldogs Volunteer At New Haven’s Celentano School

Kelley, Martin, Sears, Sherrod Work With Kindergarten Class

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The last few weeks of the spring semester provided a learning experience outside of Yale's classrooms for four members of the men's basketball team. Greg Kelley, Sam Martin, Justin Sears and Brandon Sherrod spent time volunteering at New Haven's Celentano School. The four worked primarily on literacy projects with a kindergarten class.

"I learned much more than I expected from this experience," Sherrod said. "Children are the most honest creatures on this earth. They have no inhibitions and they're genuine. We as adults have such a great task in acting in a respectable manner whenever we are around children because they emulate us all the time. Love is what many of these children are looking for. Just a simple hello, hug or smile can make a world of difference in a child's life."

During their time in the classroom, the teacher would read a story to the children. Afterwards, they would split into groups, write sentences and draw pictures about the story before presenting them to the class.

"It's important to give back to the community because we are products of it," Sherrod said. "At Yale we sometimes get caught up in the microcosmic world that we live in and forget the people that helped propel us into the university."

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity