March 6, 2012

Football Tackles Literacy at Local Schools

DOVER, Del. – Several Wesley College football players, staff members and 'Wally,' the Wolverine mascot, read to students at local schools last week to promote literacy.  

Among those schools visited were The Little School, located on Salisbury Rd., in Dover and John Bassett Moore Intermediate School in Smyrna.

The Little School used to reside in the building that now is known as the Athletic House.  Wesley Associate Director of Admissions Laura Purzycki has children who attend the school ran by Jane Richter.

"The Wesley College Football team won over the hearts of the children at the Little School at Kids Cottage during the Wesley College reading day," said Purzycki.  "Our student-athletes did a phenomenal job conveying the importance of literacy to these young minds!"

On Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2, another group of players and coaches read to children at John Bassett Moore as part of the National Education Association's Read Across America program. Debbie Judy, the Vice Principal at JBM, is the wife of Mike Judy, a two-time captain and all-conference performer on Wesley's football team from 1997-2000.  Judy was also a member of Wesley's first-ever NCAA Playoff team.

Below is a list of players and coaches who attended one or both readings last week:
Assistant Head Coach Steve Azzanesi
Kirk Brooks (attended both readings)
Joe Callahan
Brian Cranmer
Chris Cummings
Ryan Gerlitz
Erich Gillespie
Paul Gilstrop
Dwayne Glass
John Hoplock
Assistant Coach Tim Kane
Hunter Krajewski
Rob McCloskey
Jared Morris
Jeramie Powell
Tim Putman
Dyamond Ruffin
John Smicklo
Kennard Squirrell