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KU players have a ball at Lawrence schools

February 20, 2008

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Kansas University basketball guard Russell Robinson releases a dodge ball toward the opposing team of second-grade boys during a game of prison ball Tuesday at Corpus Christi Catholic School, 6001 Bob Billings Parkway. Robinson, along with fellow KU guards Chase Buford and Conner Teahan, also signed autographs for the students and answered a variety of questions during their visit.

Kansas University basketball guard Russell Robinson releases a dodge ball toward the opposing team of second-grade boys during a game of prison ball Tuesday at Corpus Christi Catholic School, 6001 Bob Billings Parkway. Robinson, along with fellow KU guards Chase Buford and Conner Teahan, also signed autographs for the students and answered a variety of questions during their visit.

Alex Schmitthenner's cheeks flushed with anticipation.

Members of the Kansas University men's basketball team were coming to visit the second-graders of Corpus Christi Catholic School. And for some, the experience was akin to seeing real superheroes.

"Are they coming in a limo?" 8-year-old Alex asked as he fidgeted, his fingers clutching a Jayhawk picture colored by hand - a gift for the players.

All eyes were fixed on the entry as players Russell Robinson, Chase Buford and Conner Teahan entered.

Tuesday's visit was one of several stops to area schools this week. The players signed autographs, posed for pictures and played dodgeball.

"I love doing this," Robinson said as the kids lined up in front of him. "This is one of the things I enjoy. The kids look up to us. We try to be a positive role model in their life. We try to have an impact on them in any way that we can positively."

The players took questions from the small fans whose inquiries covered everything from player height to practice time to water consumption.

"What's your favorite thing to do?" one little fan asked.

Robinson answered that other than basketball, he likes to work out.

"It makes you feel a lot more confident about yourself," he said.

Other than basketball, "a lot of the guys on the team like to play video games with each other," Buford said.

Tuesday's visit came during a rare weeklong break before the team enters its home stretch. KU plays Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla., on Saturday.

"It's going well," Buford said. "It's starting to become a drive, but we're having a lot of fun."

Comments

Mike Myers 6 years, 8 months ago

Working out and playing video games, now thats what I call an excellent role model. At least he could have lied and said reading a good book.

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AlligatorMama 6 years, 8 months ago

What's wrong with working out? I think health and staying fit is a BIG thing that kids need to see these days. More and more children are becoming obese as adults, maybe healthy choices now could change that.

Video games in moderation isn't terrible...but yeah a book is probably better. Regardless, I think it's great that these guys are out in the public and trying to inspire these kids to follow their dreams! What a fun time for these children to get to meet their "heros". Let's praise them for trying to make a difference rather than always finding the negative about every article in this newspaper!

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