Terps Connect at Y Sports Day
May 1, 2012
By Sean Ellenby, Maryland Athletics Media Relations
BALTIMORE - A sense of joy and elation contagiously swept through the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Family Center Y Sunday as children participated in array of activities led by University of Maryland student-athletes and coaches.
Blessed with a blue sky and warm weather, the first-ever "Y Sports Day with the Terps" was a rousing success. Partnered with the Y of Central Maryland, the Maryland athletics department provided a series of clinics both inside and outside for Baltimore youths throughout the morning.
Baltimore natives Tyrek Cheeseboro and Sean Mosley particularly jumped at the opportunity to give back to their community. Cheeseboro, a wide receiver, and a few other football teammates comically corralled children through small drills and games on the gridiron.
"When the University said we were coming here, I said I definitely have to go because I know I was in these kids' place when I was a little kid playing football," Cheeseboro said. "Playing the game of football just brings joy to everyone's faces."
Meanwhile, Mosley took charge of his own domain on the basketball court, leading layup lines and ball-skill drills. The senior, set to graduate in May, made it a point to instill a bit of his own wisdom on the youngsters.
"I came from the same roots as most of these kids, so I always try to give back to the community," Mosley said. "I always want to remind kids that no matter what type of situation they are in, if they have the right mindset, then anything can happen."
YMCA staff member, Coach Iran Jones, acknowledged the profound impact that the Terrapin student-athletes had on the children.
"It's wonderful for the kids to see Maryland athletics because it bridges the gap," Jones said. "It allows them to see some of the people that they idolize and see on TV and that is always good for the kids."
Student-athletes from various sports including golf, gymnastics, field hockey, football, lacrosse, men's and women's basketball, soccer, volleyball and wrestling participated in the event.
"I liked playing football," said 8-year-old Devin Williams. "I scored a touchdown and the players were funny."
As for the future of Maryland athletics, Cheeseboro playfully added that the Terps may have some serious talent on the horizon.
"In 2025, Maryland has got to look out because we've got some real ballers coming up right here at the YMCA," Cheeseboro said.
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