As part of their adoption of Center St. Elementary School in El Segundo, the South Bay Lakers participated in a reading day on March 5th, in celebration of Read Across America Day. South Bay players, coaches and staff broke up into groups to visit different classrooms, taking turns reading to the students and explain the importance of reading both inside and outside of the classroom.
The South Bay Lakers also had the opportunity to enjoy recess at the school, where the kids got to practice their skills against point guard Marcus Allen and shooting guard Matt Kenyon. Meanwhile, Reggie Hearn was the biggest kid on the playground, climbing to the top of the play structure and going down the slide with the rest of the students. After all the reading was done, players signed basketballs and shirts for the kids, before heading back to the UCLA Health Training Center for their practice.
This reading event was part of South Bay’s yearlong adoption of Center St. Elementary, which also includes attending a South Bay Lakers Open Practice and a teacher’s night out at a South Bay game.