BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Several WKU student athletes visited Warren Elementary School on Friday morning to speak about the importance of achieving strong academic success in all levels of education.
About 25 athletes from nine different Hilltopper and Lady Topper teams, including baseball, softball, swimming and diving, football, women's basketball, tennis, golf, soccer and track and field, spoke to approximately 800 students at a morning assembly celebrating the end of Red Ribbon week.
Big Red and members of the WKU Cheerleading squad also entertained the students.
WKU junior Mark Santoro, defensive back on the WKU football team, emphasized that if students focus on academics at a young age, their chances to achieve increase as they grow.
"I think it's our job as a role model," Santoro said. "Being out the in spotlight a little bit, it is real important for us to give back to the community the best we can. Any time you can come out and give your time to a group of kids, I think it's one of the best things that we can do."
Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. It serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for the hopes and dreams of our children through a commitment to drug prevention and education and a personal commitment to live drug free lives with the ultimate goal being the creation of drug free America.