ONALASKA, Wis. (WXOW) – UW-La Crosse wrestlers visited kindergarten students at Eagle Bluff Elementary school on Tuesday. Wrestlers read stories to students and helped students write letters to loved ones.
Eagle wrestlers helped students write letters to grandparents, aunt, uncles, and other important people in their lives.
The Eagles wrestling program has been working in the community for the past six years, and reading to Eagle Bluff students is always one of their favorite events.
“It is fun to give back. They’re nervous when we come in and we’re a little nervous too, but they just open up and that’s really fun to see,” sophomore wrestler Cody See said.
Eagles head wrestling coach Dave Malecek said he wants the community to know that his wrestling program values academics as much as athletics.
Throughout the school year, the wrestling program does community events at Oktoberfest and Riverside Park among other places. Malecek, who has a daughter at Eagle Bluff Elementary, said his wrestlers have been waiting a while for Tuesday’s community outreach.
“They get really nervous with their words because they don’t know us right away, but after a few minutes of having them write their letters, they feel really comfortable telling us about their families and stuff and that’s really cool,” See said.
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