March 17, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Kent Matthes spent part of his spring break talking to a group of second graders at Taylorville Primary School.
The NCAA’s home run leader, along with Brandon May and Ross Wilson, spent most their one-hour visit talking about hitting. That means hitting the books, studying hard and making good grades.
“I knew all along, even when I wase your age, I wanted to play college baseball,” Matthes told 20 students in Ashley Frith’s second grade class. “It’s important to start now and develop good study skills and listen to your teachers. If you want to go to college, you have to have good study habits.”
Mrs. Frith’s class began an accelerated reading program last fall and so far nearly every student is over 100 points, which translates to more than 200 books read per child.
The two winners will receive tickets to future Crimson Tide baseball game. Those students who ranked in the Top 10 in total points received a baseball media guide.
May and Wilson also stressed the importance of developing good study habits.
“My dad always told me, if I did not do my homework or make good grades, I could not play ball,” May said. “Use the resources that you have to become better students.”
“I have a little brother your age, so I can relate to second graders,” Wilson said. “It is important to work hard in school, not just in sports. I love to read and I think it challenges me each day.”
The players signed autographs and posed for some photos before joining the class in their St. Patrick’s Day party.