I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating — one of the great things about living in a university city is the exposure the hometown kids get to the college experience. Kent kids get a chance to see big time college athletics, they’re growing up in a place that is all about learning, and they’re around people who have committed their lives to help others be better, reach higher, and achieve their dreams through education. Isn’t that the kind of place we want our kids to grow up? Sure, there are the occassional frustrations that come from living in a university city, but it’s been my experience that there is so much more good if we just look for it. Recently, the Kent State Woman’s basketball team visited with a Kent Girl Scout troop to play a little basketball and talk about the important things in life.
Winning 4 out their last five games, the Woman’s Golden Flashes basketball team has raised it’s record above .500 for the first time this year (10-9, 6-2 MAC), securing their hold on second place. If you haven’t had a chance to watch this team, you need to go and see the talent that Coach Lindsay has assembled.
Kristin Peoples is a terrific guard — but don’t take my word for it — she was named Mid-American Conference Female Scholar-Athlete-of-the-Week Friday (Feb. 2) by the conference office last week.
Peoples helped Kent State to a pair of road victories over Central Michigan (Jan. 23) and Toledo (Jan. 27) by averaging 20.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 steals on the week. She played all 40 minutes at Toledo and scored 26 points. Peoples’ four three-pointers and 12 free throws made against the Rockets, were the most by a KSU player in a game this season. She also tied a season-high with eight assists.
Better than that, she and her teammates were willing to take the time to visit with a group of Kent’s 9 year old girls, officially known as Girl Scount Troop #683. The girls thought it was great. They played a little hoops, but more importantly they heard a few life lessons from people they admired (and weren’t their parents).
The troop was also given complementary tickets to the game against Toledo, where they sat behind the bench and watched the action front and center. A few lucky girls were also invited to be the ball (and broom) girls.
For us Kent locals, this may not seem like that big a deal. But that’s because we get chances like this all the time living here in Kent. As a newcomer to the Kent community, I can tell you these little things mean a lot to the kids and leave impressions on young girls that will last a lifetime.
A big thanks to the Kent State Woman’s basketball team for giving a little of themselves to Kent’s kids.