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Jayhawks return to kindergarten for a good cause

KU men's basketball players were in the classroom to teach kids about health and exercise. 6News reporter Lindsey Slater has more on 'Fun and Fitness with the Jayhawks.'

September 24, 2008

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Kansas University basketball player Marcus Morris reaches down to slap hands with some of the kindergartners gathered at Hillcrest School, 1045 Hilltop Drive. Marcus, his twin brother Markieff Morris and fellow player Tyrel Reed talked about nutrition and exercise, played a game of dodgeball and signed autographs Wednesday at the school.

Kansas University basketball player Marcus Morris reaches down to slap hands with some of the kindergartners gathered at Hillcrest School, 1045 Hilltop Drive. Marcus, his twin brother Markieff Morris and fellow player Tyrel Reed talked about nutrition and exercise, played a game of dodgeball and signed autographs Wednesday at the school.

Kansas basketball player Markieff Morris looks over as Hillcrest kindergartners Rachel Parks, left, Diego Flores and Caden Nichols think about what foods are nutritious Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008 at Hillcrest School.

Kansas basketball player Markieff Morris looks over as Hillcrest kindergartners Rachel Parks, left, Diego Flores and Caden Nichols think about what foods are nutritious Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008 at Hillcrest School.

The kindergarten class at Hillcrest School got three big surprises yesterday, and they were all more than 6 feet tall.

Kansas University men's basketball players Tyrel Reed and twins Marcus and Markieff Morris came to teach the students about health and exercise as part of the Fun and Fitness with the Jayhawks program.

"We just came and talked to the kindergarten class about eating healthy and staying fit, and we just basically played with the kids," said Reed, a sophomore guard.

The players found themselves bullied during a game of dodgeball.

"They wouldn't let me get up," said Markieff, a freshman forward. "Every time I got up, they hit me again. They were just having a lot of fun with us."

Tyson Harris, 5, said he knew who the players were.

"Well, they win a lot," he said.

The players gave autographs to each student, but some weren't sure exactly whose was whose.

"I can't even read them!" said Alayana Tilly, 5, of her signed pamphlet.

Both the students and the student-athletes had a good round of physical education.

"It was great coming to work with the kids," said Marcus, a freshman forward. "They have great attitudes about being with us. I just feel great because I know they look up to us a lot."

Alayana took the opportunity to hit a big target. She hit "all of them" during dodgeball.

Fun and Fitness with the Jayhawks kicked off in spring 2006, and student-athletes have been to almost every Lawrence school.

Kindergartners get fitness lesson from KU players

Hillcrest kindergartners had a tall surprise today during their PE class - some KU basketball players.

Comments

countrygirl 5 years, 6 months ago

Confrontation, are you having a bad day? Or just living up to your screen name?

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Confrontation 5 years, 6 months ago

" If the fans have to lower there standards to get a winner, than do it."their, then

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ese 5 years, 6 months ago

As long as KU is winning, I don't care what the players do on their spare time. If the fans have to lower there standards to get a winner, than do it.

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Nobama 5 years, 6 months ago

That's cool and nobody allegedly got shot

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Confrontation 5 years, 6 months ago

It's too bad that K-Suck and Missery fans have to hunt for articles on a real team. KU's basketball team is obviously superior, and this is how you losers have to deal with your pain.

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hometownhawk 5 years, 6 months ago

ese, you just sound like a big bundle of fun.

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ese 5 years, 6 months ago

What a wonderful example for the kids. I wonder when the pothead is coming back to teach the kids.

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countrygirl 5 years, 6 months ago

Did they leave the air gun at home?

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Twinkle14 5 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, cuz nothing grabs the attention of a 5 year old like a dietician. -rolls eyes-

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kczach2001 5 years, 6 months ago

Did the players go to teach or to attend classes? I think I would rather hear about eating right and staying fit from a dietician.

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