Nov. 30, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Navy men's basketball team took some time off during its Thanksgiving holiday trip to the Gulf Coast to speak with students at Shades Valley High School just outside Birmingham, Ala.
In addition to speaking about the Naval Academy itself, Midshipmen addressed the students on the importance of integrity, service, setting goals, being accountable and the ability to balance academic, athletics and military life.
The squad visited the school last Monday following Navy's contest with UAB and before departing for the Fort Worth, Texas, for the game with TCU. Players spoke as a group with approximately 160 students from the freshman to senior classes, before splitting off into groups of two or three students where the Midshipmen could interact on a more personal basis.
"It was a great experience to be able to influence and interact with high schoolers, especially since we were in their shoes a couple of years ago," said Navy junior guard Thurgood Wynn. "Just being able to talk to them about the opportunities and experiences that the Naval Academy presents and seeing their interest in coming to a school like that was very rewarding for us. It was a good experience and I think it was one all of us enjoyed.
"There was much interest, enthusiasm and excitement from the students and staff as well as from our team. It was a unique experience for our team to be able to speak about the Academy and see the positive reactions and interest from students that are close to them in age and nearing the time for their college decisions," said Navy assistant coach Aaron Goodman. "I believe it made a difference and it made many of them see the positive aspects of choosing to come to the Naval Academy."
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