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Liberty Hosts Job Shadow Day
The Liberty University Athletics Department hosted students from Forest Middle School, as part of the Junior Achievement Job Shadow Day on Tuesday.
Thirty-eight middle school students from Forest Middle School, who expressed an interest in professional athletics or athletic trainer, were invited to take part in the program. The students were able to spend a day on the Liberty campus and hear from coaches, student-athletes and members of the athletics administration.
Gathered inside a meeting room in the Williams Football Operations Center, students had the opportunity to hear from Liberty's Senior Associate Athletics Director Mickey Guridy, Associate Athletics Director for Academic Affairs Kristie Beitz and Head Athletic Trainer Chris Casola, as administrative representatives.
Head men's soccer coach Jeff Alder spoke to the students, as did student-athletes TeeJay Bannister and Kyle Ohman from the men's basketball team and Chris Luck, Kevin Richard and Stephen Sene from the 2007 Big South Championship football team.
The purpose of the day was to encourage the middle school students to work hard in the classroom and on the field of competition. The importance of academic success was stressed by all speakers, along with the importance of possessing strong character, because character is a major factor colleges and professional sports teams look at in an individual they might pursue.
Following the speaking portion of the day, the students received a tour of the athletics facilities. The students were encouraged to ask questions from each of the speakers on the tour to help build their understanding for their current desired life path.
Students viewing Tuesday's speakers from inside the Williams Football Operations Center