Nearly 200 youngsters, age 4 to 13, will spend the day of Saturday, May 4, on the campus of Mercyhurst College when the Mercyhurst Athletic Department hosts its first Mercyhurst Sports Clinic Day.
After arriving on the Hill about 9 a.m., the students will buddy up with members of the Mercyhurst cross country team before visiting six stations where other college student athletes from a variety of teams – football, basketball, wrestling, men’s and women’s lacrosse, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s hockey – will work with the kids. The youngsters will get a chance to spend about half an hour at each station, where they will be able to run drills and talk with college student athletes from the teams manning those stations.
Then, at noon, all the students will enjoy a picnic lunch before the 1 p.m. kickoff of the Mercyhurst football team’s spring scrimmage. The day will wind down after the picnic, but the student athletes have invited the youngsters and their families to stay and watch the scrimmage on Tullio Field.
The youngsters were selected through several community organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Erie, Our Lady of Peace School, the Booker T. Washington Center, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, the Community House, the Learning Achievement Center and the YMCA.
The event, the first of its kind, is part of an effort by NCAA student athletes to educate and interest young students in sports to which they might not normally be exposed. It also allows the athletes to pass on their enthusiasm about the sports they enjoy.
The Mercyhurst Student Athletic Advisory Committee, a nationwide student athlete group that encourages community involvement and outreach at NCAA colleges and universities, is sponsoring the Mercyhurst event.