UW Badger Connor Udelhoven visits Eagle Point

img_1697 img_1704UW-Madison football long snapper Connor Udelhoven recently visited Rachel Bohlman’s fourth grade classroom at Eagle Point Elementary School as part of the Badger Backpack program.

According to the Badgers Give Back program website, the Backpack program  is a hybrid of previous programs Bookin’ it with Bucky, Flat Bucky and Word of the Week. Badger Backpack was created to help facilitate relationships between University of Wisconsin student-athletes and children in the community through education with an emphasis on vocabulary and literacy. Each participating classroom is paired with one participating UW student-athlete. The program is built around monthly themes and teaching students new vocabulary to reinforce those themes. Communication is weekly through Google slides.

Each participating classroom gets the opportunity for a classroom visit each semester. The first semester visit is structured through their Badger Life program. This program dives into the habits of student-athletes in their education and fitness, as well as highlights how they set goals, overcome obstacles and demonstrate leadership and kindness in their lives. The Badger athlete read a book about the adventures of Bucky Badger, and then answer pre-written questions relating to the importance of education, health and wellness and kindness. At the end of the visit, the student-athlete works with the students on a fun Badger-themed activity.

For the second semester visit, classrooms will coordinate with the Badgers Give Back office for an hour long activity to do with their student-athlete. This will give classrooms the opportunity to show student-athletes the unique interests of their classroom.

More information on the Badger Backpack program is available on their website.

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