For elementary school readers, special days call for special books read by special guests. Recently, several UNC student-athletes visited local classrooms to celebrate and share books with students.
On Feb. 21, Stephanie Mavunga (women's basketball) and C.J. Odenigwe (men's soccer) visited Morris Grove Elementary School as part of the African-American Read-In event in conjunction with Black History Month. The two read "Just Like Josh Gibson," a tribute to the Baseball Hall of Famer who played in the Negro leagues.
Mavunga and Odenigwe read at 9 a.m. the morning after a night of celebration on campus, following the UNC men's basketball team's win over Duke. And Mavunga was extra busy the day before - she scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Tar Heels in UNC's 80-74 win at Virginia on the evening of Feb. 20 before returning to campus in the wee hours of Friday morning. Hours later, she was headed to Morris Grove.
On March 28, Schuyler Coleman (football) and Joel James (men's basketball) helped students at New Hope Elementary School celebrate Dr. Seuss Day as part of the Read Across America program. Each was asked to select a favorite Dr. Seuss book to share - Coleman went with "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" while James picked "Hop on Pop."
After reading, they answered questions from students and talked about why reading is important. Coleman told the kids that he liked reading funny books when he was young, and James shared that he's majoring in history, which requires lots of reading.