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Jul 12, 2016 01:40 PM EDT

Princeton University Tigers Read Storybooks At Grade Schools, Also Went To Vietnam for the Coach for College


Princeton University's athletic teams - the Princeton Tigers, made their recent trip to Littlebrook Elementary School. The Princeton Tigers exchanged their textbooks for storybooks on trains, sharks as well as potatoes.

The Princeton Varsity Club made it easier for the Princeton varsity student-athletes represent a variety of sports and be entitled to local elementary schools as part of Reading with the Tigers.

The Princeton varsity student-athletes made a multiple school visits a year, and the student-athletes then read to schoolchildren in grade level ranging from kindergarten through fifth grade, based on the report of News at Princeton.

The Princeton Varsity Club has formed collaborations with Princeton's and Trenton's elementary schools. The most recent stop by of the student-athletes was at the Christopher Columbus Elementary School.

During the academic year 2015-16, the Reading with the Tigers program has expanded through a partnership with the University's Office of Community and Regional Affairs - as a result, the Tiger student-athletes visited five  educational institutions.

Mollie Marcoux, Ford Family Director of Athletics and a member of the Class of 1991, stated that their athletic program aims to complement and enhance the educational mission of the University. And the program aims to provide their student-athletes with the opportunity to lead, to serve and to achieve.

Marcoux also said that the program is a wonderful opportunity to connect with the surrounding community.

However, seven Princeton student-athletes were selected during the summer of 2016 to travel to Vietnam to volunteer for Coach for College. The Princeton student-athletes' trip is a global initiative aimed to further the progress of higher education through sports, according to Princeton Varsity Club.

Over the course of three weeks, the seven Princeton student-athletes made an enlightenment about life skills, sports and academics. The Princeton Varsity Club shouldered the funds for the majority of the necessary expenses that corresponds with the charitable service trip.

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