NEW YORK—Columbia student-athletes had the opportunity to visit with youth from the Bronx as two large groups of fourth grade students from The Sheridan Academy for Young Leaders visited Dodge Fitness Center.
Six current Columbia student-athletes including first-year track and field athlete Iman Sule, sophomore women’s fencer Iman Blow, junior baseball player Matt Karo, junior softball player Madison Gott, first-year football player Justin Hill and junior football player Ben Robbins each spoke to the young students about the importance of education and their experience as a collegiate student-athlete. In addition, attending youth were given a tour of Dodge Fitness Center.
“I really enjoyed getting the opportunity to engage with the fourth graders and share my experiences as a student athlete with them,” Sule said. “Their excitement was infectious and I truly appreciated their attentiveness. It was a great feeling to know that I had a positive impact, no matter how small it may have been, in influencing their future and helping them make the right choices.”
“Showing the students around the Columbia facilities was great!” Gott said. “I loved seeing the curiosity that each student had about the life of a Columbia student-athlete. I enjoyed answering their questions about how I got here, daily life at Columbia, and sharing fun facts about what it's like to be an athlete. Their curiosity was great and hopefully the school keeps coming back for tours like this!”
"It was a lot of fun giving a tour and talking to the kids,” Robbins said. “They had a lot of thoughtful questions about the facilities and being a student athlete at Columbia. I really enjoyed the experience and hope it was a great one for the kids.”
Columbia Student-athletes who participated:
Iman Blow CC ’19 Women’s Fencing
Iman Sule CC ’20 Women’s Track & Field
Matt Karo SEAS ’18 Baseball
Madison Gott CC ’18 Softball
Ben Robbins CC ’18 Football
Justin Hill CC ’20 Football