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KU players give hoops lessons

Second-grade student Mercedes Austin, left, gets dunked on by Markieff Morris while Elijah Baum and Xavier Watson, right, wait their turns. Members of the men’s basketball team at Kansas University stopped by Sunflower School on Wednesday for a fun and fitness program.

Second-grade student Mercedes Austin, left, gets dunked on by Markieff Morris while Elijah Baum and Xavier Watson, right, wait their turns. Members of the men’s basketball team at Kansas University stopped by Sunflower School on Wednesday for a fun and fitness program.

April 15, 2010

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Young students get gym class visitors

Members of the KU men's baskeball team took time Wednesday to hang out with students at Sunflower Elementary. The kids had the chance to try to dunk over the Jayhawks while working on their fitness. Enlarge video

Jaylynn Columbus started to scream when she saw them.

The second-grader at Sunflower School watched three Kansas University men’s basketball players walk into her physical education class Wednesday afternoon.

“I love KU basketball players,” she said.

Sophomores Tyshawn Taylor, Markieff Morris and Travis Releford came to play for Fun and Fitness with the Jayhawks, a program that teaches kids about being healthy and gives them a chance to interact with their idols.

“It’s fun just playing with the kids, and just making them smile is the most important thing,” Morris said. “It was the best part of the day.”

Second-grader Elijah Baum got to perform a feat most players on the college level can’t do.

“I dunked on all of them,” he said.

Morris did admit a few got the ball over him.

“It’s a select few kids that I give the chance to dunk on me,” he said. “The rest I blocked it every time.”

Morris said he didn’t get to meet with college athletes when he was in school, but loves to be able to give back to kids in Lawrence.

“It makes me happy just to make them smile,” Morris said. “(You) get to play with them for a little bit to make their day.”

Comments

Tony Kisner 4 years ago

Anyone who knows Mercedes game knows she can draw a lot of charge calls. Nice job by Markieff avoiding the foul.

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ferrislives 4 years ago

nergie, wow, you brought back a memory. I got to meet Milt Newton and Mark Turgeon when I was a kid in 5th grade as well, and it was a great experience. They were classy guys, and I'm still a Turgeon fan to this day.

It's nice to see that they're carrying on that program.

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nergie 4 years ago

To this day I still remeber getting to meet Danny, Cedric, Milt, and other players as a 5th grader. It is one of the reasons why I love being a Jayhawk fan, and to MM and others doing this is just awesome

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